One day after being named as one of four participants in this year's slam dunk contest, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka said he hasn't given any thought to what he might pull during the annual event at All-Star Weekend.
“Right now, I'm not thinking about it,” Ibaka said. “Right now, I'm thinking about playing well and helping my team win games. It's next month so we have time.”
Ibaka said he is excited to be in the competition. He said last February that he wanted to participate after watching last year's event live in Dallas.
“It's something I think I can do and enjoy myself and the fans, too,” Ibaka said.
Ibaka said he's aware of the feats of former OU star and current L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin, the heavy favorite to win.
“I watch his highlights,” Ibaka said. “He goes high, and he can dunk. He goes hard.”
Ibaka, though, thinks he can compete.
“Why not?” Ibaka asked. “It's a slam dunk contest. (The rim) is 10 feet, and I can dunk, too.”
DURANT REMAINS FIRST AMONG WEST FORWARDS
The NBA released the third returns for NBA All-Star voting Thursday, and Thunder forward Kevin Durant continues to lead the all Western Conference forwards.
Durant has garnered 945,944 votes, more than 200,000 more than second placed Carmelo Anthony.
If Durant finishes first or second among forwards in fan voting, he will make his first appearance as a starter in the All-Star Game.
PETERSON, DURANT TO HOST CLINIC
Durant and guard Mo Peterson will host a Thunder Fit clinic today for nearly 60 students at Del Crest Middle School in Del City.
The visit is part of the 2011 NBA FIT Live Healthy Week. Durant is a member of the NBA Fit team.
The clinic will lead students through a series of exercises, strength training, nutrition lessons and basketball drills. Durant and Peterson will conclude the event with a question-and-answer session with the students.
In the Thunder's last visit to American Airlines Center, the team clinched a 121-116 victory on April 3, 2010, that secured the franchise's first playoff berth in the Oklahoma City era. … Mavs forward Shawn Marion scored a season-high 25 points on 12-for-17 shooting. Marion's previous season high was 22 points. He had scored 21 points by halftime. … James Harden had his career-best streak of at least 10 points end at 12 games. Harden scored seven points Thursday.