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OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka brushes off altercations with Blake Griffin

Ibaka: “It's just we like to compete hard, play hard. That's it. It's sport, man. Basketball.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 20, 2013

Serge Ibaka said altercations with Blake Griffin over the last two seasons are simply a coincidence. There's no animosity between the two.

“It's not nobody likes each other,” Ibaka said. “It's just we like to compete hard, play hard. That's it. It's sport, man. Basketball.”

When asked directly Wednesday whether Griffin is a dirty player, Thunder forward Nick Collison said he didn't think so.

“Everybody in the league is trying to play well and trying to get advantages certain ways,” Collison said. “He's no different than anybody else in the league.”

As for the most recent incident between Ibaka and Griffin, Collison said the teams have moved on.

“It's really a non-issue,” he said. “Stuff like that happens all the time in the NBA. We've all seen it a million times. It's really a non-issue. We'll be ready to go (Thursday).”



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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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