Thunder's Serge Ibaka not focused on dunk contest or favorite

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm •  Published: January 6, 2011
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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.”

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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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