LeBron’s reaction to Ibaka’s harsh critique of his defensive ability: ‘He’s stupid’
LeBron James was asked to address Serge Ibaka’s unflattering critique of the Miami Heat superstar’s acumen on defense, and not surprisingly, James wasn’t impressed with either Ibaka or his commentary.
Heading into a critical Game 4 against the Heat down two games to one, the Oklahoma City Thunder power forward was quoted recently opining that LeBron “is not a good defender,” adding that the member of the NBA All-Defensive team “can play defense for two to three minutes but not 48 minutes.” A line in the sand, to be sure, albeit a questionable one to draw.
Of course, James disputed Ibaka’s assertion relating to the supposed limits of his defensive ability, and his retort was somewhat amusing:
“I don’t really care what he says, he’s stupid. Everyone says something to me every series, then (the media) tries to get a quote. It’s stupid.”
Fair enough, and it certainly echoes how LeBron characterized his feelings towards Indiana player Danny Granger’s tough guy antics during the Heat-Pacers series. Really, there is little else LeBron could have said in response and even more so, to get into a war of words with Ibaka would have served little purpose.
And while calling someone stupid may be neither the most intellectually sophisticated manner nor the most mature method of responding to baseless accusations, it sure as heck is a lot better than if LeBron had said, “I am rubber, you are glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.”