Kobe Bryant says he would have smacked Serge Ibaka for hitting Blake Griffin in the groin

Kobe Bryant would have smacked Serge Ibaka for this groin shot on Blake Griffin

3/5/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

In Sunday's game between the Thunder and Clippers, Serge Ibaka delivered a pretty legendary cheap shot to the groin of Blake Griffin. Here it is, in case you missed it:

May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) fouls Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) in the second half of game four in the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Thunder won 103-100.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsWhen asked how he would have reacted if someone did that to him, Kobe Bryant 
didn't mince words.

"I probably would have smacked [Ibaka] in the mouth. I would have dealt with the pain after."

Not a bad idea, I suppose, but that probably would have resulted in Kobe getting kicked out of the game... which is more than what happened to Ibaka.

Despite what looked like a pretty obvious malicious shot to the groin, Ibaka just got a flagrant 1, meaning the Clippers got two foul shots and the ball, but then Ibaka was allowed to stay in the game, making a few key plays late in the game including drawing Griffin's 6th foul.

The Lakers play the Thunder tonight, and they're ready for Ibaka's antics. He's always been a physical player, and they're even more prepared for that, after seeing what he did to Griffin.

Dwight Howard pretty much summed it up: "I mean, you got to wear a cup."

We'll see if Ibaka does anything like this against the Lakers, and perhaps we'll also see if Kobe follows through and smacks him in the mouth.

This, as with the rest of their games, is a huge game for the Lakers. They're currently at .500, still 2 games out of a playoff spot with 22 games to play. They've been at pretty much that exact point for a while... struggling to improve their position and simply not playing all that well.

They'll have to step it up if they want to make the playoffs, and a win against the Thunder would be a good start. Let's just hope no one gets smacked in the mouth in the process.
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3/5/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

Blake Griffin needs to grow a pair and stand up for himself.  As hard as he plays he is a wimp when it comes to standing his ground.  I guess he as a tiny pair because he got hurt when Ibaka gave him a love tap!  Ibaka needs to keep his groping confined to the shower!

3/5/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

i think someone should!