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.”