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John Rohde: Thunder's Serge Ibaka robbed in dunk contest

BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: February 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm •  Published: February 21, 2011
The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA beat writer John Rohde answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at

On whether Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was robbed in the dunk contest:

[Ibaka was] robbed. Not sure how the longest dunk in NBA All-Star history warrants a 45. Maybe the judges didn't see the actual take-off point. What's wrong with checking a replay before posting a score? I also think it matters that Serge did this on his FIRST attempt.

On whether the NBA All-Star game surpassed the Daytona 500 Sunday:

The NBA All-Star Game was terrific because of the Thunder's presence, but Trevor Bayne winning the Daytona 500 one day after his 20th birthday was absolutely stunning -- even for a very casual race fan. Incredible.

On whether Thunder guard Daequan Cook will play more the rest of the season:

Cook is an option, and that's about it. He will never climb higher than No. 10 in the rotation. But at least he has risen that high. Cook regaining his shooting touch has given Scott Brooks a shooter's chance, so to speak.

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