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Memphis Grizzlies wing Matt Barnes joined SportsNation on Tuesday, and didn't hold back when asked about Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka, with whom Barnes feuded while with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Them's, quite literally, fighting words! Ibaka noticed this, and fired back -- although he didn't seem to be overly concerned with Barnes' semi-challenge to a fight.

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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who recently finished his sophomore season at Arizona, is considered one of the best athletes -- if not the best athlete -- in the 2015 NBA draft. His dunk on 7-foot-6 UC Irvine big man Mamadou N'Diaye was one of the slams of the year.

At the recent NBA draft combine in Chicago, RHJ was asked whom he wants to posterize once he gets to the Association. His answer, per The Oklahoman:

"I don't know if I should say this because he might be, like, looking for me if I come down the paint. But I know Serge Ibaka is a big blocked-shot dude. So if I can get him, I'm good."

Hollis-Jefferson also, according to the report, turned to the camera and (jokingly) said: "Serge, I'm coming for you, baby," before acknowledging, "He's a tremendous athlete or whatever, so it'll just be good if I can get one on him."

Well, the Oklahoma City big man heard the call:

We have beef! OK, we don't have beef.

Also, there's the outside chance that -- with Hollis-Jefferson ranked No. 22 in Chad Ford's Top 100 and the Thunder likely to select 14th overall -- they will be teammates.

That would make practices interesting ...

H/T The Oklahoman

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This is probably a familiar sight to Oklahoma City Thunder fans, but here's Serge Ibaka absolutely taking over the game during a friendly between Spain and Argentina on Monday:

Plays like that -- and the chemistry among Ibaka, Ricky Rubio and Marc Gasol -- are a pretty big reason why Team USA can't sleep on Spain when the FIBA World Cup tips off Saturday.

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A power forward's job is to control the low block area -- they are able to play with their backs to the basket as well as step out to nail a mid-range jumper. Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are known to have that skillset. Some are also known for their ability to intimidate with powerful dunks, like Blake Griffin. Then you have the Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki types who can pretty much do it all, from inside the paint to outside the arc. How do you round out the NBA's best at the four position? NBA insider Bradford Doolittle had his say and so did the NBA 5-on-5 crew, but now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

Rank 'Em: Point guards | Shooting guards | Centers | NBA teams' under-25 talent

NBA Power Forwards

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge

Portland Trail Blazers
2012-13: 21.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.2 BPG

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Pelicans
2012-13: 16.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 BPG

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Knicks
2012-13: 28.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.6 APG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Pelicans
2012-13: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.8 BPG

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Spurs
2012-13: 17.8 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.7 BPG

Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried

Nuggets
2012-13: 11.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.0 APG

Derrick Favors

Derrick Favors

Jazz
2012-13: 9.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.7 APG

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Nets
2012-13: 14.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 0.9 BPG

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol

Lakers
2012-13: 13.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.2 BPG

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Clippers
2012-13: 18.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 0.6 BPG

Al Horford

Al Horford

Hawks
2012-13: 17.4 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.1 BPG

Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka

Thunder
2012-13: 13.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.0 BPG

LeBron James

LeBron James

Heat
2012-13: 26.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.3 APG

David Lee

David Lee

Warriors
2012-13: 18.5 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 0.3 BPG

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Timberwolves
2012-13: 18.3 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 0.5 BPG

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap

Hawks
2012-13: 14.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.0 BPG

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Mavericks
2012-13: 17.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 0.7 BPG

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph

Grizzlies
2012-13: 15.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 0.4 BPG

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Pistons
2012-13: 17.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.2 APG

David West

David West

Pacers
2012-13: 17.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 0.9 BPG

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