Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka says OKC focused on playing physical

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka talks about defending the Grizzlies and his friendship with Memphis’ Marc Gasol.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 28, 2014

Were you surprised that you were down 2-1 against them even though they haven’t had much success?

A little bit. But everything we’re doing right now, we still don’t have a rhythm on offense. We’re losing close games. So that means if we can just do a little bit (more) and play the same defense we’ve been playing and just do a little bit better on offense I think we can be successful.

You and Marc, do you have to put the friendship aside during the playoffs or do you still talk?

No, right now the friendship is outside. He’s a good friend of mine and a teammate on the (Spanish) national team. But we’re going to be friends on the national team or after the playoffs. Right now, brothers are out. It’s the same if I was playing against my brother. Family after. Right now it’s business. It’s time to work.

So no dinner between games?

No dinner. What are we going to talk about at dinner? ‘Oh, you pushed me.” Or ‘You get physical with me, or you blocked me.’ No dinner. Dinner after in the summer when we are going to meet in Spain or wherever.


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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