Thunder notebook: Air Congo

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: March 24, 2010 at 4:50 am •  Published: March 24, 2010
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Thunder rookie Serge Ibaka last week unveiled a signature move he calls "Air Congo” following an emphatic dunk in Toronto.

Holding his arms out like an airplane, Ibaka displayed the "Air Congo” move again Monday night following a dunk. He also blocked Tim Duncan’s shot with 8.8 seconds left that gave the Thunder a chance to rally for a win. Both plays made ESPN’s highlights.

Duncan has played in 965 career NBA games, 1,112 if you include the playoffs. Monday’s game was Ibaka’s 60th. Playing the entire fourth quarter, the Congo native played well against the Spurs future Hall of Famer.

"Serge was terrific,” said coach Scott Brooks. "That’s one of the hardest players he will guard the next 15 years in this league even after Duncan is long gone, retired. He’s a special player, one of the best ever... and Serge did a great job battling him.”

The past month Ibaka has averaged 8.8 points and 6.3 rebounds.

"Every game he’s learning something new,” said Thabo Sefolosha. "He’s playing with more and more confidence.”

As for "Air Congo,” Ibaka explained: "When you dunk you fly,” Ibaka said. "I’m having fun here. And it’s fun for the fans.”

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