HoopsHype Serge Ibaka rumors
In full disclosure, I had voted Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka for first place, Gasol for second and Howard for third. Miami forward LeBron James finished second, followed by Ibaka and Chicago forward Joakim Noah. The Clippers’ Chris Paul (11th) and Boston’s Avery Bradley (12th) also finished ahead of Howard. “Serge Ibaka with all the stuff he did this year, he should’ve been the guy to win it this year and last year,” said Howard, though the award went last season to New York’s Tyson Chandler. “With the stuff he’s done on the defensive end. I thought he was the clear cut winner. But people saw it otherwise.” Los Angeles Daily News
Gasol received 212 of a possible 1,089 points, including 30 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Miami's LeBron James (149 points, 18 first-place votes) and Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (122 points, 14 first-place votes) finished second and third, respectively. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received. NBA.com
While the Rockets studied video and worked to make corrections, Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka offered a rapid evaluation of what happened to the Rockets’ offense when the Thunder switched on high screens throughout Sunday’s blowout. “They can be kind of selfish,” Ibaka said. “You know, when you switch against a team like them that’s going to go one-on-one, that’s good for us. For them, they are going to take some tough shots, some contested shots. That’s something we want, that we’re looking for.” Houston Chronicle
Some checking with the league office this week revealed that Stu Jackson & Co. deemed Ibaka's contact with Griffin's, uh, groin area to be unintentional. The league view, I'm told, is that Ibaka was slapping at an arm that Griffin unexpectedly pulled away, leading to the painful connection and thus distinguishing the play from the "groin altercations" that earned Wade and DeMarcus Cousins suspensions earlier this season. ESPN.com
Heat guard Dwyane Wade believes the NBA went easy on Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka for Sunday’s incident in which he hit the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin in the groin. Ibaka was fined $25,000 but not suspended. Wade was slapped with a one-game suspension by the league when he kicked Charlotte’s Ramon Sessions in the groin during a Dec. 26 game, costing him about $156,000. Wade believes the two incidents were similar. “I’m not happy,” he told reporters at Wednesday’s shootaround. “It’s not about (Ibaka). I don’t want him to lose out.” Palm Beach Post
Dwyane Wade: All I can say is WoW....no pun intended but really....and I get suspended and lose 200 grand... #someexplainingtodo Twitter @DwyaneWade
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