Rashid Umar is an online media professional who specializes in web content production, social media marketing, and search engine optimization. You can connect with Rashid via social media or on his personal website at www.rashidumar.com.
On the eve of game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals, Lebron James, of the Miami Heat, let it be known that he’s tired of people saying negative things about him.
According to ESPN, Ibaka said Monday that James was “not a good defender” and that “he can play defense for two or three minutes but not 48 minutes.”
Lebron responded with the following:
“I don’t really care what he says, he’s stupid,” James said. “Everyone says something to me every series, then (the media) tries to get a quote. It’s stupid.”
According to The Palm Beach Post, Ibaka also said:
“LeBron can’t play (Kevin Durant) one-on-one. They’re playing good defense like a team,” Ibaka told the newspaper.
Now let’s be fair, Lebron hasn’t been the primary defender of Kevin Durant, who’s averaging 31 points a game during the series so far, so you can’t put that all on him. Furthermore, who’s guarding Lebron, a man who himself is averaging nearly 30 points and 10 rebounds a game?
Both Ibaka and James finish on the NBA All-Defensive Team for their individual methods of impacting the game on that end of the floor. James has improved his individual defensive play over the years and he does employ that signature run down block thing, first made famous by this guy. Ibaka let the lead the league in block shots and is an intimidating force around the basket.
Unfortunately, at least for him or his mouth, Ibaka is out of line here. Lebron is the league’s MVP for reason.
Game four is tip off from Miami tonight at 9pm EST on ABC.
By Rashid Umar