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Power Lunch: Will the Thunder resign Thabo Sefolosha?

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 3, 2014 at 10:30 am •  Published: March 3, 2014
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Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry chatted with readers Monday morning about the Thunder's win over the Bobcats Sunday night. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

NewsOK 10:30 a.m. Hey everyone. Darnell will be logging in at 11 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now.
Darnell Mayberry 11:03 a.m. Darnell will be logging in shortly. Slick roads put him a couple minutes behind.
Darnell Mayberry 11:08 a.m. Greetings, ladies and gents.
Bruce 11:08 a.m. Any insight on the 4th quarter collapses of late, especially since exceptional defense was played at times during both games. Do you think Durant breaks this slump by the time they play someone that matters?
Darnell Mayberry 11:10 a.m. I think it's a combination of things. Coming out of the break, they just weren't very good. Then they got it together defensively and just weren't consistent. Sometimes, they got up big and relaxed. But last night, the fourth quarter defense was awesome. Some of the best of the season. Now that it's March, I think we'll see them get back to focusing on playing consistently on that end. But being down two starters probably will make that more challenging.
Guest 11:10 a.m. Wouldn't it better if Durant hot less and pass more as his night wasn't going to be very good?
Darnell Mayberry 11:11 a.m. Shooters keep shooting. And every time Durant shoots, I for one think it's going in. I don't mind him shooting through a tough night.
Guest 11:11 a.m. Darnell, any chance that the Thunder still go after Ben Gordon even though he can't be used for the Playoffs?
Darnell Mayberry 11:11 a.m. No. And from what I hear, they weren't going after him anyway.
Guest 11:11 a.m. Did the Bobcats purposely wait until March 2nd to release Ben Gordon so he couldn't play in the playoffs in case he signed with Miami?
Darnell Mayberry 11:12 a.m. It's possible. I know it looks that way. But I don't know. Shame on them if they did. That's like college football coaches not releasing a player from his scholarship so he can go compete somewhere else.
Guest 11:12 a.m. Is there anyone from the Thunder's coach who instructs Adams to stop fouling, by keeping his hands up and not committing to fling it to lay up arms of centers who bait him?
Darnell Mayberry 11:13 a.m. They instruct all their players to play without fouling. But that's easier said than done, and they want him to be aggressive so it's a fine line.
Biggestokcfanfromgermany 11:13 a.m. As a result from those injurys to thabo and perk: is the goal for brooks now to maintain and stabilize a new rotation that should be ready for the playoffs in case the injured players will return later as expected (giving fish and butler constant more minutes) or really playing the young guns to throw them in the "experience fire" to be ready for those increased roles come playoff time? Your work is amazing keep it up!!!
Darnell Mayberry 11:15 a.m. Thanks you for the kind words. I think Brooks is going to use this time to see how different players fit in different roles. At least that's what he said last night. So that means Perry Jones III starting at shooting guard, and Jeremy Lamb getting a chance at some point with the first string. I wouldn't be surprised if that also meant Brooks starts a small lineup and sits Steven Adams. Pretty much everything is on the table at this point.
Tommy 11:15 a.m. Do you think the thunder will resign thabo sefalosha or does it depend on his playoff performance
Darnell Mayberry 11:16 a.m. I think it depends on how much he's asking. By now, the Thunder knows exactly what Thabo can and cannot do. His playoff performance isn't going to change that. And I know the team would like to keep him. But the money is going to be the deciding factor.
Guest 11:17 a.m. With the Knicks falling apart and the likeliness of Melo departing from NYC, do you think the Knicks would clear the roster to rebuild? If so, could we be looking at Tyson Chandler on the trading blocks and a chance to finally get him back to OKC?
Darnell Mayberry 11:17 a.m. Highly doubt it. He makes $14.5 million next year. That's way too big of a number for this team with KD, Russ and Ibaka on board. And you'd have to ask yourself, what would you be giving up for him?
Guest 11:18 a.m. Are the Thunder going to go Ben Gordon? How do you think Caron Butler is going to do with the Thunder?
Darnell Mayberry 11:19 a.m. No on Gordon. I think Butler is a good addition. Not a game-changer. But a solid veteran role player who can do many things well. He's meeting with the media in about 40 minutes so stay tuned for updates on when he'll take the floor and everything else you might want to know.
Guest 11:19 a.m. Perry Jones needs to be within a step from the paint than staying on the three point line to grab rebounds and put backs? He needs to drive more to the basket, your thought?
Darnell Mayberry 11:19 a.m. Hey, I'm the first one claiming this team could use another shooter. But I don't necessarily want that guy to be 6-11. If he can do it, and consistently, great. But I'd much rather see him rebounding and dunking.
Intro Announcer 11:20 a.m. Darrrrrrrrrrrrnelllllll Maaaaaaaaaayberryyy!!!!
Darnell Mayberry 11:20 a.m. Does this mean I got to bust out the Nene dance or something?
Guest 11:21 a.m. The starting line up with Adams, Perry Jones, Ibaka, Durant and Westbrook were a nice tall combination that could really lick for the Thunder, thought on it?
Darnell Mayberry 11:21 a.m. I'd rather see Jeremy Lamb in there instead of PJ3 to give Durant and Westbrook more room to operate.
Dan 11:21 a.m. What position is butler likely to play and who will he take time from?
Darnell Mayberry 11:23 a.m. Well, for the next six weeks, with Perk and Sefolosha sidelined, there are minutes to be had. But when they return, I think PJ3 loses all of his minutes, and I think everyone else not named Westbrook, Durant and Ibaka see a drop off as well because of the roster's ability to play small.
harry man 11:23 a.m. thabeet is 2-0 playing the last 2 games that thunder up has WON.hey last night 5 fouls 3 blocks and 5 boards..not bad
Darnell Mayberry 11:23 a.m. Agreed. He played extremely well in his two games. It was good to see him perform so well after not playing in such a long time.
harry man 11:24 a.m. thabeet shows much leadership...play him and keep him....you guys agree?
Darnell Mayberry 11:25 a.m. Not ready to say he needs to be a fixture in the lineup. But he can provide some good minutes. I think that's become clear over the past two seasons. At such a (relatively) cheap number, I'd say it's worth it to keep him.
Brad 11:25 a.m. Where will Ben Gordon end up? Will Presti pursue him?
Darnell Mayberry 11:26 a.m. I wouldn't be surprised if he sat out the rest of the season. No playoff team is going to want him, unless they're just desperate for help and looking to make a push in the final weeks. So start by examining the 14 non-playoff teams. One of them is probably where he'll land.
harry man 11:27 a.m. after tuesday win over philly who are the next 3 games thunder up play?
Darnell Mayberry 11:27 a.m. Phoenix, Lakers, Rockets.
Tommy 11:27 a.m. Who is a bigger playoff threat to the thunder, the clippers or the spurs?
Darnell Mayberry 11:27 a.m. I'll still say the Spurs, even though I think the Thunder has figured them out at this point. But to me, they're still more dangerous in the playoffs than the Clippers.
Guest 11:28 a.m. Does it seem to you that athletes are experiencing ligament injuries nowadays more so than say in the 90s (MCL, ACL, meniscus injuries)? I don't remember this many high-profile atheletes suffering season ending ligamentous injuries in an era as I see in this modern era.
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. That's been a popular theory. But I've heard multiple coaches disagree with it. Maybe star players, yes. But in general, no. At least that's what they've said.
Guest 11:29 a.m. As a follow-up question, do you think these are the side-effects of steroid use in our generation?
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. I'm no doctor, but studies have shown....
Brad 11:29 a.m. Still on Ben Gordon, since he was waived, is his $13.2 million contaract obsolete and would his future team be able to negotiate any dollars and terms for his services?
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. Correct.
Guest 11:30 a.m. Human interest question: Who do you think is Westbrook's best friend on the team....and who do you think is Durant's best friend?
Darnell Mayberry 11:31 a.m. Westbrook, I'd say Durant. Durant, I don't know. He's such a laid back guy that he gets along with everyone. But maybe Westbrook would be up there.
Guest 11:31 a.m. how integral are perkins and sefolosha to a deep playoff run? Even if they are back and just rusty, how bad is it?
Darnell Mayberry 11:31 a.m. If the Thunder don't have them, OKC isn't winning a title. Period. If they do have them and they're rusty, it could be a struggle to advance. I think they mean that much.
tom 11:32 a.m. Can we expect Lamb to pick up his play after he's hit the wall? Or, once hit, are players pretty much physically drained until they have an off season to recover?
Darnell Mayberry 11:32 a.m. I think he'll recover. He's just got to see a few shots drop.
Kevin Durant 11:32 a.m. PlayerOfTheMonth ?? You think
Darnell Mayberry 11:33 a.m. Haven't really studied it. It'll probably be announced today, though.
Guest 11:33 a.m. Who will benefit the most with Thabo being out from the bench
Darnell Mayberry 11:33 a.m. Caron Butler.
Reggie 11:33 a.m. I like this roster coming out of the west, however do you think we beat Miami in a 7 game series with this roster?
Darnell Mayberry 11:34 a.m. I wouldn't rule it out, but I'd still pick Miami. So much has to go right for the Thunder to beat that team. And I have yet to see anything that suggests OKC is ready to play at that high of a level against them for what could be a seven-game series.
Michael 11:34 a.m. When the defense tightens up in the playoffs, do you think serge will be as effective on the offensive end
Darnell Mayberry 11:35 a.m. I think so. He'll get similar shots. Maybe not as open. But the defense will have to make a choice. Give Durant and Westbrook a lane to the rim or Ibaka a relatively open look. So I think it'll just be a matter of Ibaka knocking them down.
tom 11:36 a.m. What is the worst sound effect used in all NBA arenas? Obnoxious and no crowd reaction. Is it the DAAAaaaa-O? or EVERY BODY CLAP YOUR HANDS clapclapclapclapclapclapclap?
Darnell Mayberry 11:36 a.m. Those two have to be pretty high on the list.
Guest 11:36 a.m. Do u think its a good time for their two best defenders out to around 6 weeks?
Darnell Mayberry 11:37 a.m. It's never a good time. But, as I wrote in today's paper, the benefit of it happening now if it has to happen is getting a good look at some of the younger players, particularly a potential future starting lineup.
Tommy 11:37 a.m. are you worried about Jeremy lamb's offensive game lately or is it just one of the struggles in a long season
Darnell Mayberry 11:37 a.m. Not worried. Most young players go through it. But we're seeing why I've had concerns all along about how he'll perform in the postseason.
Guest 11:38 a.m. I think something is preventing the thunder from winning the playoffs which is consistency,your thoughts?
Darnell Mayberry 11:38 a.m. I don't understand. If it's one thing this team is it's consistent.
Guest 11:38 a.m. How did KD actually miss 14 consecutive shots??
Darnell Mayberry 11:38 a.m. Some were bad shots. Some rimmed in and out.
Guest 11:38 a.m. Do you think KD can reach the 50-40-90 club again?
Darnell Mayberry 11:38 a.m. Yes. Not this season, though.
Guest 11:38 a.m. Does Westbrook's intensity remind you of Jordan/Kobe? He seems to have that same fire in his belly.
Darnell Mayberry 11:39 a.m. I wouldn't go that far. See his defensive effort at times? See him not getting back on defense a lot of the time? I wouldn't put him in their league.
Barry Amenema 11:39 a.m. Ben Gordon?
Darnell Mayberry 11:39 a.m. Who's that? Never heard of him.
Guest 11:40 a.m. I can't believe that Russ had 3 surgery in 8 months after that dunk...
Darnell Mayberry 11:40 a.m. The guy is a freak athlete. I'd like to see him play safety for the Dallas Cowboys.
Guest 11:40 a.m. when will caron get in and when will caron play?
Darnell Mayberry 11:40 a.m. He's here today and will address the media in about 20 minutes.
Guest 11:40 a.m. Has anyone say before that slater look like the center from Toronto,Jonas Valuncinaus....
Darnell Mayberry 11:41 a.m. That's offensive to Jonas Valanciunas. :)
Guest 11:41 a.m. I think Russ's best friend is serge,they had such good chemistry
Darnell Mayberry 11:42 a.m. Both Russ and Serge kind of do their own things.
Guest 11:42 a.m. I'm having a hard time imagining what a rusty Perkins would look like. Good lord.
Darnell Mayberry 11:42 a.m. We've seen it.
Andrew 11:42 a.m. Not much of a question, but it is amazing how fun Russell and kevin are
Darnell Mayberry 11:42 a.m. Glad you appreciate them. When they're gone, we could spend the next 20 years looking for someone like them.
Guest 11:42 a.m. When players are warming up, you always see them dunking and having fun with it. Why is it in games we're always saying "dunk that thing" when they try to just lay it in and miss? Why would they be hesitant to dunk at times?
Darnell Mayberry 11:43 a.m. You see what happened to Reggie last night when he was about to do something fancy? He bobbled the ball and nearly blew a fast break scoring opportunity. If that happens and your name isn't Durant or Westbrook (or Fisher), you're probably getting yanked.
kk 11:43 a.m. so which injury is harder to recover from? Who returns to the line-up first, #5 or #25?
Darnell Mayberry 11:44 a.m. I imagine both are incredibly tough to overcome. Hard to move on both. But given Perk's injury history, I'd say Sefolosha returns sooner.
Guest 11:45 a.m. Follow up to Tyson Chandler "Q", if he was released by the Knicks wouldn't they owe him the $14.5 million for his last year? Again, this is a "what if" question, but if that was the case with the Thunder then Amnesty Perkins to go after Chandler?
Darnell Mayberry 11:46 a.m. Yes. But I still doubt it. Chandler isn't the same player. Is he better than Perk? Yes. But the Thunder loves continuity, and it has Adams grooming for the position. I just don't see it. Not anytime soon.
Guest 11:46 a.m. Any chance that Caron Butler starts in place of Thabo while he's out?
Darnell Mayberry 11:46 a.m. Yes. A very good chance.
Guest 11:46 a.m. You can take the 5th on this question, but did Perkins ever apologize to you for his twitter comments? Did anyone in the Thunder organization apologize to you?
Darnell Mayberry 11:47 a.m. I'd suggest you pose the question to Perkins and the Thunder.
AussieSooner 11:47 a.m. Will the Thunder have the Mavericks first round pick this year?
Darnell Mayberry 11:47 a.m. If Dallas holds on. Essentially, the Mavs have to make the playoffs.
Guest 11:47 a.m. Was Caron Butlers deal a multi-year deal or just for one season?
Darnell Mayberry 11:48 a.m. One season. I'm still unsure of the compensation, however.
Guest 11:48 a.m. KD has clutch genes,Russ has the 'take over' mentality. So who shld really take the last shot?
Darnell Mayberry 11:48 a.m. KD.
OKC for LIFE 11:48 a.m. Even though Perk and Thabo are out, their offensive game hasn't been what we are used to seeing. Maybe this injury for Thabo can possibly boost his 3pt percentage, who knows. Your thoughts?
Darnell Mayberry 11:48 a.m. If his calf is keeping him out four to six weeks, he's not going to be in a position to shoot jumpers.
Darnell Mayberry 11:49 a.m. Thunder just opened practice to the media. Got to run. Stay tuned to Twitter and NewsOK.com for updates on Caron Butler's introduction. Thanks for joining us today.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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