HoopsHype Serge Ibaka rumors

February 1, 2014 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets established a new NBA record for fewest rebounds in a game (17) Friday night, while allowing Serge Ibaka to shoot a perfect 12-for-12 from the field. But hey, at least they halted Kevin Durant's consecutive games streak of scoring at least 30 points at 12. ESPN.com

January 30, 2014 Updates

Durant has an uncanny ability to instill confidence in this wet-behind-the-ears group that surrounds him, and it's a testament to his quiet work as the leader of this group that so many of the younger talents have come along so quickly. "I don't have a supporting cast," said Durant, who was also aided by Serge Ibaka's 22 points and eight rebounds as well as Derek Fisher's 15 points (five of five from three-point range). "We're all together. We're all in lead roles, I guess. I don't have a supporting cast. We're all the same." USA Today Sports

January 18, 2014 Updates

“But my biggest issue is with Serge Ibaka. I know people talk about how much he’s improved as a shooter, but all he wants to do is shoot jump shots all the time. And he’s not Ryan Anderson. I would be frustrated if it was my team that had him, just like with Josh Smith in Detroit when he takes too many jump shots. [Ibaka] proved me wrong the other night on national TV [when the Thunder came back to beat the Rockets], but I just wish he’d stay closer to the basket offensively.” ESPN.com

January 9, 2014 Updates
December 12, 2013 Updates

Meanwhile, Durant has diversified his business interests off the court by partnering with the Hal Smith Restaurant Group to open KD’s Southern Cuisine, 224 Johnny Bench Dr., in Bricktown. The restaurant opened earlier this week, and I was able to dine there on Sunday during the one and only preview service the restaurant was able to run through before opening. Two other services were planned but Jack Frost treated those plans the way Serge Ibaka treats those who take it to the rack without conviction. Oklahoman

November 21, 2013 Updates

It’s Serge Ibaka verse Blake Griffin. The adopted son against the forgotten one. And it’s one of the league’s most intriguing head-to-head matchups, with the latest chapter in this wacky tale of sports loyalty set for Thursday night in OKC, when the Clippers visit the Thunder. “They have that budding rivalry,” said Thunder forward Ryan Gomes, who played with Griffin for two years in Los Angeles. “They’re both at that power forward. Blake is from Oklahoma and Serge plays in Oklahoma. So there’s a little bad blood between them.” Oklahoman

November 15, 2013 Updates

Matt Barnes: "I have gotten into altercations with other guys that I'm friends with or that I'm cool with, and after the game we either shake hands or a phone call would take place. But I don't like Serge Ibaka, so I wouldn't apologize to him. That's just someone I don't like. But I own up to what I tweeted, and it wasn't right. It was in the heat of the moment, and I really didn't think things fully through. As soon as I sent it, once I started driving home, I'm like, 'That's probably not going to be too good.'" Bleacher Report

November 14, 2013 Updates

Barnes was ejected after pushing Serge Ibaka, who got tangled up with Blake Griffin just before halftime. Not long after clearing off the court and heading to the locker room, Barnes sent a tweet where he vented his frustration for being ejected. Larry Brown Sports

Shortly after being ejected from the game, Barnes had a shocking reaction to what happened (UPDATE: Barnes has since removed the tweet). I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these niggas! All this shit does is cost me money.. SheridanHoops

October 24, 2013 Updates

The Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris has been suspended one game without pay for elbowing the Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka in the face, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 6:42 remaining in the third quarter of the Suns' 88-76 victory over the Thunder on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at US Airways Center. Morris will be suspended for the Suns' first 2013-14 regular season-game in which he is eligible and physically able to play. NBA.com

October 13, 2013 Updates

“I’m working on my game and creating my own shot,” Ibaka said. “That is something I’ve been doing all summer, so I hope it will pay off. … I’ve been working on putting the ball on the floor and post moves.” NBA.com

If the chiseled, 245-pound Ibaka, the reigning two-time shot-block king, can establish himself as a presence around the offensive rim, it would give the nearly unguardable duo of Westbrook and Durant a previously unavailable option. The lack of a low-post game with Ibaka and the offensively limited Kendrick Perkins has long been a glaring void, and a constant criticism, of the OKC attack. “You know,” Ibaka said, “I’m sure I will be better than last year because I put a lot of work in this summer.” NBA.com

October 10, 2013 Updates

Serge, how's the team looking to accomplish its target which I suppose is to win the title right? Yes, always. Our target is always to fight for the title. We know it's not easy but we are going to try and win. How do you think the team has improved? It has improved a lot, especially mentally. You First Sports

Are you prepared to be the third weapon in offense for the Thunder this season behind Westbrook and Durant? Well my objective is to continue working to help the team. I'm not thinking about being the third threat, I'm just focusing on playing hard and helping the team. Serge, in the last quarter you and Reggie Jackson have led the team and sealed the win. Do you think that this year when Durant is absent you can take on a more offensive role with mid distance shots like today? Yes. If Durant isn't there we've all got to be prepared to help the team. He wasn't there in the fourth quarter so me, Reggie and the rest of the team tried to help the team. You First Sports

October 9, 2013 Updates

Entering his fifth season, the first of his contentious four-year, $49 million extension, Ibaka must now take on the role of third scoring option. More than that, it's time he also blossoms into the Thunder's best post defender. Oklahoma City's championship hopes might depend on it. Harden is long gone, and Kevin Martin walked this summer. That leaves Ibaka as one of the few remaining players the Thunder can count on to complement Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Everyone else outside of Reggie Jackson is either a defensive specialist or a big fat question mark. “He has to continue to have an impact on the game,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Ibaka. Oklahoman

October 4, 2013 Updates

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