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Matt Barnes said he would fight Serge Ibaka; Ibaka fired back on Twitter and tried to get Dana White involved
Memphis Grizzlies wing Matt Barnes joined SportsNation on Tuesday, and didn't hold back when asked about Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka, with whom Barnes feuded while with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Matt Barnes says he would fight Serge Ibaka RIGHT NOW! "He [thinks] he's the toughest guy on the planet, he's not." http://t.co/wIdC6XG5i1— SportsNation (@SportsNation) July 21, 2015
Them's, quite literally, fighting words! Ibaka noticed this, and fired back -- although he didn't seem to be overly concerned with Barnes' semi-challenge to a fight.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook can be, shall we say, intense during games.
Former Reno Bighorns (NBA D-League) player Brandon Armstrong, @BdotAdot5 on Twitter, noticed, practiced and perfected an impersonation, then released this video to the world Monday:
That's hilarious and nearly perfect.
But don't take our word for it:
Great at basketball and able to laugh at himself ... no wonder he's one of the best in the league. (Well, it's mostly because of the basketball ability, but whatever.)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who recently finished his sophomore season at Arizona, is considered one of the best athletes -- if not the best athlete -- in the 2015 NBA draft. His dunk on 7-foot-6 UC Irvine big man Mamadou N'Diaye was one of the slams of the year.
At the recent NBA draft combine in Chicago, RHJ was asked whom he wants to posterize once he gets to the Association. His answer, per The Oklahoman:
"I don't know if I should say this because he might be, like, looking for me if I come down the paint. But I know Serge Ibaka is a big blocked-shot dude. So if I can get him, I'm good."
Hollis-Jefferson also, according to the report, turned to the camera and (jokingly) said: "Serge, I'm coming for you, baby," before acknowledging, "He's a tremendous athlete or whatever, so it'll just be good if I can get one on him."
Well, the Oklahoma City big man heard the call:
Lol I will be waiting for you young fella! Good luck in the draft! https://t.co/wZehxXL2Ca— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka9) May 18, 2015
We have beef! OK, we don't have beef.
Also, there's the outside chance that -- with Hollis-Jefferson ranked No. 22 in Chad Ford's Top 100 and the Thunder likely to select 14th overall -- they will be teammates.
@sergeibaka9 thanks man really appreciate it !!! See you soon = (Game Face)— R.HollisJefferson (@RondaeHJ23) May 18, 2015
That would make practices interesting ...
H/T The Oklahoman
Russell Westbrook had an incredible statistical day Sunday: 54 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
But other things did not go as well for the Oklahoma City Thunder star. His team lost 116-104 at the Indiana Pacers, which kept them behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the final Western Conference playoff spot because of the head-to-head tiebreaker. And the guard was called for the following technical, which will have him suspended one game, per NBA rules:
Westbrook's injured teammate, Kevin Durant, was apparently not happy with the call:
Durant, who has been rather outspoken of late, did not delete the tweet (at least as of this writing). He followed with another that showed how much it pains him to watch this playoff race from the sideline:
Good fight fellas! Love yall, let's get this one tomorrow!! #Imissgoingtobattlewiththemob— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 13, 2015
If the technical isn't rescinded, Westbrook will miss Monday's home game against the Portland Trail Blazers. That game is followed by a visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Pelicans, meanwhile, also travel to Minnesota, then play host to the San Antonio Spurs.
Both teams are 43-37.
UPDATE: The NBA rescinded Westbrook's technical, meaning he will play Monday night.
On Wednesday we asked fans: Who, among the top four choices, is your pick for 2014-15 NBA MVP?
As of Thursday evening, the results were nearly unanimous: Stephen Curry, the prodigious point guard who has led the Golden State Warriors to be the best team in the NBA, is the one.
Unless you're an Oklahoman:
Yes, Texas chose Curry over Houston Rockets star James Harden and, even more surprisingly, Ohio picked Steph over homecoming king LeBron James. But the Sooner State is standing with its own point guard: Russell Westbrook, whose recent triple-double binge has helped keep the Oklahoma City Thunder in playoff position despite the absence of Serge Ibaka and reigning MVP Kevin Durant.
If you haven't yet voted, now it's your turn: Do you stand with Oklahoma, or the rest of America?