John Rohde: OKC Thunder's loss to Wizards 'most embarrassing in Thunder history'

The Oklahoman's John Rohde took questions from readers in today's OKC Thunder/NBA Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of the Q&A.
John Rohde, Staff Writer, JRohde@opubco.com Modified: January 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm •  Published: January 8, 2013
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Reggie Jackson is the man off the bench. What has happened to Maynor?

Yesterday was the anniversary of when Maynor went down with a serious knee injury. Just because you're back in the game doesn't necessarily mean you're game is back. They claim it takes a full year to recover. Well, that means Maynor's clock has now officially started ticking. Trouble is, he's not getting playing time. Bad scenario for Maynor. I think the backup point guard spot will remain a revolving door among Maynor, Jackson, Lamb and Liggins. Personally, I think the best way for a player to separate himself from the pack is to become a shutdown defender because that's what the Thunder needs most right now.

What could the Thunder get for Maynor?

Not much, I'm afraid. If there is doubt with the Thunder, there'll be doubt with other teams. Salary is modest at $2.4 million and OKC has surplus at guards. Can't imagine getting an impact player in return at that price, unless it's a vet willing to play for minimum wage.

Why won’t the Thunder try out Iverson? He might still have it.

Iverson is 100 percent what the Thunder doesn't need. He's going to want to shoot, so whose going to give up those shots? He doesn't play a lick of defense. He's old, retired, bitter and selfish. Who would sign up for that? Iverson's days are long gone.

Do you think the Thunder might give Delonte West a chance?

Last time I checked, the Thunder is not running a rehab clinic. Like Iverson, not a good fit.

The Thunder organization keeps talking about being a defensive minded team yet they let players most fans have not heard of have career games against them. Seems to me OKC should stop talking and prove it is a defensive first team. Your thoughts?

This is my biggest pet peeve about the Thunder. I've asked Brooks numerous times why so many average players have career nights against OKC. He said it proves how many talented players are in the league, which is true. But why do these player only prove it against the Thunder? It's not a coincidence. It's a pattern.