He can play defense for two or three minutes but not 48 minutes, Serge Ibaka said of LeBron James, in what many are calling an idiotic remark, James included.
I don't really care what he says, he's stupid, James said of Serge Ibaka, according to ESPN.com. Everyone says something to me every series then (the media) tries to get a quote. It's stupid.
While LeBron is a star for his offense, his defense is not exactly lackluster. James finished fourth in the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year balloting, won by New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler. Ibaka finished second.
Serge Ibaka was trending Tuesday on Twitter over his remark that James is not a good defender, with users ascribing fake, humorous quotes to the Oklahoma City Thunder power forward.
Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, was one of the most prolific tweeters on the Serge Ibaka trending topic.
Among his contributions were:
That Einstein guy? A moron. - Serge Ibaka
Meryl Streep? Just a sh-tty actress. - Serge Ibaka
The Godfather has maybe, one good scene. - Serge Ibaka
Mandela? He lasted 27 years in prison but he never could've done 30. - Serge Ibaka
User @erivera7 also had fun with Serge Ibaka, writing:
Michael Jordan was not a good player. -- Serge Ibaka
I think Pluto is more of a planet than Earth. -- Serge Ibaka
Empire Strikes Back wasn't that good of a sequel. -- Serge Ibaka
Christian Laettner was the best player on the Dream Team. -- Serge Ibaka
Other users joined in on bashing Serge Ibaka.
Bill Gates is not rich -Serge Ibaka, tweeted user @DeedotChambers.
Jay-z aint a good rapper - Serge Ibaka, chimed in user @YoungMoneyEnt1_.
Ibaka and Thunder stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden will try to even the series in the NBA Finals with James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat, who hold a 2-1 advantage in the series.
Game Four between the Thunder and Heat tips off Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST.