The king has spoken! Which he'll likely get fined for.
The NBA handed down their punishment to Serge Ibaka and it was a measly $25,000 fine, but upgraded it to a flagrant-2.
Ibaka pretty blatantly hit Blake Griffin in the groin during their game on Sunday, and was given a flagrant-1 at the time.
Kobe Bryant already voiced his feelings on the issue, and now LeBron James tweeted his opinion too. He said:
So explain to me the difference? My teammate gets a 1 game suspension and 150k+ taking away from him for his groin altercation #strangetome— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 5, 2013
The foul LeBron is referring to is when Dwayne Wade kicked Ramon Sessions in the groin back in December.
Using that as a measuring stick, moreso than a person like Metta World Peace, for example, it seems really odd that they wouldn't have suspended Ibaka, especially since the flagrant-2 would have taken him out of the game.
Looking at the game he would have been suspended for may have had something to do with the decision. Taking into account that the NBA is a business first and foremost, Ibaka would have had to sit against the Los Angeles Lakers at home in Oklahoma City. It's a nationally televised game as well.
This shouldn't be a reason, but it's hard not to at least think that it may have played a part. But then the next question is why such a small fine? It seems to be one of the smallest fines the NBA hands out, and certainly doesn't fit a very obvious low blow.