Serge Ibaka RUMORS & NEWS

  • Serge Ibaka seemingly trolls Matt Barnes over Rihanna

    Larry Brown Sports "Rihanna embarrassed Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes on Sunday shortly after Barnes hinted that he has been dating the R&B artist. In a post on Instagram, Rihanna claimed she has never even met Barnes and called him a liar. Serge Ibaka seemed to enjoy Rihanna’s reaction. Ibaka, who has..." August 17

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    To clarify, NBA Africa organizers hoped Serge Ibaka (knee) would be cleared to play Saturday but he will only attend.Signs good for OKC camp

  • Serge Ibaka -- Matt Barnes Is Just a Clown ... But I'll Still Kick His Ass

    TMZ "The next UFC superfight might just have a little NBA flavor to it ... 'cause hoops star Serge Ibaka tells TMZ Sports he's serious about battling Matt Barnes ... he's just gotta win a championship first. In case you missed it ... Barnes went on ESPN's "SportsNation" earlier this week and..." July 23

  • Matt Barnes and Serge Ibaka claim they'd fight each other

    CBS Sports "Guys never really fight in the NBA, mostly because you have big penalties these days after the Malice at the Palace. Players are worried about losing money from being fined and suspended for altercations, plus nobody really likes to get punched in the face. That won't stop guys from instigating..." July 22

  • Worn out Serge Ibaka should benefit from an extended offseason

    The Oklahoman "If the Spurs would have beaten the Pelicans on that final night or if any of those close losses had gone the Thunder’s way, Serge Ibaka’s season likely wouldn’t have ended with that early March knee scope. The Thunder big man had been ramping up activity during the season’s final weeks and, if..." May 13

  • Brooks: Serge Ibaka most likely couldn't have played in first round of NBA Playoffs

    Welcome To Loud City "When Serge Ibaka initially prepared to heal his knee on March 16th, the expectation was that he would be ready for the post-season. It appears things have gone awry. From Scott Brooks' exit interview with the media: Reporter: "How close is Serge to being able to play, and what's his status..." April 19

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Nick Collison will go through a workout tomorrow and the Thunder will "see how he feels," per Scott Brooks. Serge Ibaka (knee) isn't close.

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    Serge Ibaka underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure this morning to address swelling and soreness. He's expected to return in 4-6 weeks.

  • Serge Ibaka needs knee surgery

    ESPN "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will undergo a knee procedure to address some persistent soreness, sources told It is not clear how long Ibaka will be sidelined following the surgery. Ibaka has missed the Thunder's past two games with what the team has called knee..." March 16

  • Serge Ibaka misses second straight game with knee soreness

    The Oklahoman "Thunder coach Scott Brooks doesn’t know how Serge Ibaka injured his right knee – whether it was an accumulation thing or a one-play accident. But however it happened, the right knee soreness forced the Thunder’s high-flying power forward to miss a second straight game on Sunday, sitting out..." March 16

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Serge Ibaka is out tonight with right knee soreness. Day-to-day. Mitch McGary will start in his place.

  • Serge Ibaka shooting the 3-ball more

    The Oklahoman "Serge Ibaka is making a transition this season that Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has nearly perfected. Shooting the 3-ball. Through his first three seasons, Bosh attempted only 37 3-pointers. He didn’t take more than 50 in any of his first nine seasons. Last year, Bosh attempted a..." January 21

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Serge Ibaka (sprained ankle) has been ruled out for tonight's preseason game at Dallas.

  • Thunder's Serge Ibaka says he's still not 100 percent after calf rupture

    CBS Sports "The spectacle of the injury to Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka and the comeback he made during the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs was full of drama. The Spurs smoked the Ibaka-less Thunder in the first two games of the series, and then lost the next two games of..." July 29

  • Top defender Noah highlights 2014 All-Defensive Team "Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, winner of the 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, headlines the 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. Noah, who received 105 First Team votes (223 points), makes his second consecutive appearance on the First..." June 02

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Serge Ibaka said his hope is to play with the Spanish national team this summer, but that depends on how his injury responds.

  • Serge Ibaka's return boosts OKC to Game 3 victory over Spurs

    The Oklahoman "When he checked out of the game with 3:17 left to play, Serge Ibaka strolled to the Thunder bench to the sounds of a crazed sold out crowd wildly cheering not just his comeback in Game 3 of the West Finals against San Antonio on Sunday night but the spectacular success he had while delivering an..." May 26

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Serge Ibaka didn't practice today, just ice and treatment, but said he fully expects to play Game 4.

  • How Serge Ibaka went from 'done for the season' to playoff savior for the Thunder

    Yahoo! Sports "When the Oklahoma City Thunder gathered to leave on their charter flight to San Antonio on the eve of the Western Conference finals, Serge Ibaka couldn't climb to his feet and walk. Swelling on his left calf made it still difficult for an MRI to see the severity of his sprain, but the doctors..." May 26

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    Ibaka says he's going to see how he feels later before deciding to play. "If I feel better later, I'm going to go."

  • Serge Ibaka appears likely to play in Game 3 "The Thunder’s power forward might not come back better, stronger, faster, but Ibaka, fighting all odds to defeat a Grade 2 calf strain sustained just 10 days ago, appears set to rejoin his now-desperate Oklahoma City Thunder teammates for tonight’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals (8:30 ET,..." May 25

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Serge Ibaka has rapidly progressed and Thunder have changed status to day-to-day for Western Conference Finals, league source tells Yahoo.

  • Could Serge Ibaka return for Thunder?

    ESPN "The Oklahoma City Thunder have ruled starting power forward Serge Ibaka out for the duration of the playoffs due to a calf injury. Ibaka wrote a message on his website on Wednesday to thank the fans and give an update. Ibaka wrote: "...I am not able to play in the Conference Finals against the..." May 22

  • Serge Ibaka confirms he is out for remainder of Western Conference Finals

    Pro Basketball Talk "Serge Ibaka has a blog. I learned that today (via Rotoworld) and on his blog Wednesday he confirmed that he is out for the remainder of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs. Here is what the Thunder big man wrote. As you all know, I suffered an injury in the sixth game of the..." May 22

  • As Thunder miss Serge Ibaka in Game 1 loss to Spurs, shot-blocker still hopes to return

    Yahoo! Sports "Far from the beginnings of these Western Conference finals, far from these unfortified Oklahoma City Thunder, Serge Ibaka is defiant and determined for the world to witness his Willis Reed moment. Ibaka, so proud, so professional, is respectively raging against his injury diagnosis. Ibaka is..." May 20

  • Serge Ibaka (calf) doubtful to return vs. LAC

    Rotoworld "Serge Ibaka went to the locker room due to a left calf injury and is doubtful to return to Thursday's Game 6. He had some cramping in his calves back in April, but it's unclear if this injury is an aggravation. With Ibaka out, Nick Collison will have to step it up. The Thunder are not the same..." May 16

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Thunder F Serge Ibaka will not be fined or suspended for hitting Clippers F Blake Griffin in the groin in Game 4, a source told Yahoo Sports

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Serge Ibaka will rejoin the lineup tonight at Denver after missing the game at Utah with flu-like symptoms. Thabo Sefolosha also will play.

  • Thunder defense had a huge void without Serge Ibaka

    The Oklahoman "Scott Brooks didn't use the excuse because that's not how Scott Brooks rolls. But he didn't need to. It was clear for everyone to see. In its unexpected loss at Utah on Tuesday, the Thunder sorely missed Serge Ibaka. With its starting power forward and biggest rim protector out with..." January 09

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Serge Ibaka (flu-like symptoms) is out tonight. Perry Jones III will start in his place.

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Serge Ibaka's technical foul on 11/13 against the Clippers has been rescinded...His ejection, and the Thunder's subsequent loss, stands.

  • Serge Ibaka becomes a consistent force

    The Oklahoman "Over the past 10 days, Serge Ibaka has strung together the best five-game stretch of his career. He's averaged 18.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots while shooting 68.4 percent from the field. The only thing that could cool his current hot streak was the officials. A crew working..." November 16

  • Serge Ibaka's production on offense a big positive

    The Oklahoman "For the first time this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder's offense is showing signs of life. All the things the team talked about in the preseason, better spacing and better ball movement, hard cuts and hard screens, were on display in Wednesday's 14-point win over Dallas. Of course, it..." November 08

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    Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt

    NBA suspends Suns F Markieff Morris one game without pay for elbowing Thunder C Serge Ibaka in the face. Happened in Tuesday's game.

  • Serge Ibaka shows his offensive skills in OKC Thunder loss

    The Oklahoman "A Tuesday night preseason game against the Phoenix Suns without both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant meant only one thing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was Serge Ibaka's time to shine. The fifth-year forward had a rare chance to be the focal point of the offense an opportunity to..." October 23

  • Serge Ibaka now in tourist season "He has mostly spent the offseason as a tourist, spending the majority of the last three weeks in Europe while trying to forget whatever that was that passed for the Thunder in the second round of the playoffs. Serge Ibaka has traveled a lot of roads, just not yet the road back. Escaping..." June 09

  • With big contract comes big expectations for Serge Ibaka

    The Oklahoman "Serge Ibaka was asked about his contract extension kicking in next season and almost immediately unleashed an uncontrollable smile. He darn near broke into song. “Oh, money, money, money,” the Thunder forward said, coming close to reciting the catch phrase from The O'Jays hit song. Ibaka,..." May 26

  • Grizzlies' Allen, Heat's James headline 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive First Team "Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Miami Heat forward LeBron James, winner of the 2012-13 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, headline the 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. Allen totaled 53 points overall and James tallied 52. Each player received 25 First Team..." May 13

  • Serge Ibaka's confidence waning

    The Oklahoman "“Yeah,” Ibaka said. “It's normal, man. It's normal. A little bit. But that does not mean my confidence is way down because after all the shots I missed, after the (missed) dunk, I was still playing defense. I wanted to still help my teammates. I wanted to still try to be aggressive. But it's..." May 13

  • Ibaka's shooting struggles could doom OKC Thunder

    Sporting News "The image of OKC Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka missing a point-blank dunk attempt is about as jarring as the numbers attached to his first postseason series without Russell Westbrook and James Harden. In three games against the Memphis Grizzlies, Ibaka averages 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and..." May 12

  • Serge Ibaka says he'll learn from missed putback

    The Oklahoman "Serge Ibaka looked like he'd just been shot, as if somewhere high in the Toyota Center stands lurked a sniper, whose scope had been locked squarely on the front of his road blue No. 9 jersey. After missing the game's most important shot Monday night at Houston, a stick-back attempt from..." May 01

  • Thunder's Ibaka fined $25K for groin strike "Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder has been fined $25,000 for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident, which was called a Flagrant Foul 1 on the floor and..." March 06

  • Thunder's Ibaka fined $25K for groin strike "Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder has been fined $25,000 for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident, which was called a Flagrant Foul 1 on the floor and..." March 05

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    Chris Mannix @

    No suspension coming for Serge Ibaka, I'm told. Fine only for the crotch shot on Blake Griffin.

  • Serge Ibaka hits Blake Griffin below waist, not ejected

    USA Today "Sometimes, Blake Griffin flops. This wasn't one of those times. The Los Angeles Clippers forward took a hard, clearly intentional punch below the belt from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka during Sunday afternoon's 108-104 loss. The punch came on a supposed box-out attempt. Clippers..." March 04

  • 2013 NBA All-Star Game: what are Serge Ibaka's chances of making the team?

    Welcome To Loud City "Kevin Durant is a starter in the 2013 All-Star game once again. He will likely be joined by Russell Westbrook as a reserve. In the past, the outstanding question for one of the league's best teams was, could they get a 3rd guy into the game as well? Up to this past summer, the name of that 3rd guy..." January 23

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: How Serge Ibaka sent 'Air Congo' soaring in a new direction

    The Oklahoman "Serge Ibaka casually slipped on a pair of crimson and cream canvas high-tops just before leaving the locker room, immaculately dressed as usual. He was fresh and feeling good Friday night, which became clear when Ibaka was asked the brand of the stylish sneakers. Typically reserved, Ibaka..." January 06

  • Ibaka dusts off jumper to Spurs' chagrin

    San Antonio Express-News "Serge Ibaka knocked down one mid-range jumper, then another, instilling in the Spurs an awful sense of déjà vu. The Oklahoma City big man made his first seven field goals in what became a 107-93 Thunder victory at Chesapeake Arena on Monday night, his first miss coming on a 23-footer at the..." December 18

  • Shooting statistics: Ibaka, Collison are tops in the league

    Welcome To Loud City "Over the past few years, Emmy winner Charles Barkley has had this to say about the Thunder offense: "I'm not a big Oklahoma City fan because I don't think they get any easy baskets. Like last year I didn't think they could win and the reason I picked Miami to win the championship, the only way..." December 04