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Matt Barnes said he would fight Serge Ibaka; Ibaka fired back on Twitter and tried to get Dana White involved
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.
Matt Barnes says he would fight Serge Ibaka RIGHT NOW! "He [thinks] he's the toughest guy on the planet, he's not." http://t.co/wIdC6XG5i1— SportsNation (@SportsNation) July 21, 2015
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.
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:
Lol I will be waiting for you young fella! Good luck in the draft! https://t.co/wZehxXL2Ca— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka9) May 18, 2015
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.
@sergeibaka9 thanks man really appreciate it !!! See you soon = (Game Face)— R.HollisJefferson (@RondaeHJ23) May 18, 2015
That would make practices interesting ...
H/T The Oklahoman
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.