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Oklahoma senior Gabe Ikard on his trash talk with
Miami Heat superstar LeBron James: 'It did not go well'

by Jason Kersey Published: July 23, 2013
OU offensive linemen Bronson Irwin, right, and Gabe Ikard cheer during an Oklahoma City Thunder game last season. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU offensive linemen Bronson Irwin, right, and Gabe Ikard cheer during an Oklahoma City Thunder game last season. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

DALLAS — Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard admitted that LeBron James got the best of him in February, when the two went back-and-forth during the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 110-100 loss to the Miami Heat.

“It did not go well,” Ikard said Tuesday during an appearance at Big 12 Media Days.

Ikard, a die-hard Thunder fan, sits courtside at most home games, and let James have it during the Heat’s Feb. 14 win inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

After the game, James — who scored 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds that night — talked about the then-anonymous Oklahoma City fan.

“He told me to shoot it,” LeBron said of the courtside fan to reporters. “He said, ‘Shoot it, you can’t shoot.’ So I said OK. So I shot it.”

Ikard said trash talking with the NBA superstar was a “good memory,” but declined to reveal what James said to him.

“I can’t tell you that,” Ikard said with a laugh. “It wouldn’t be played on the Disney Channel; I’m just telling you that.

“It was fun. He enjoyed it; I enjoyed it. He got the upper hand. So he went ahead and let me know about it.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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