Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  32 responses

Serge Ibaka Says Groin Chop Wasn’t Meant to Hurt Blake Griffin

According to OKC Thunder big man Serge Ibaka, he may have crotch-chopped Blake Griffin on Sunday, but it wasn’t done with bad intentions (and teammate Kendrick Perkins had very little sympathy for Blake). We’ll likely find out today if the NBA believes Serge’s claim or not. Per the Oklahoman: “He hit my hands away,’ Ibaka said. ‘He’s strong, so when he grabs you, your jersey or whatever, and you try to defend yourself and rebound. So maybe you can do some move, not to hurt, (but) just to get good position, but then something happens where you get hurt in the paint. It’s not anything where I want to try to hurt him. I’m not that kind of person. I just try to play hard, and that’s it. I just tried to play hard. I really don’t care if someone is dirty or not, that’s not my problem. His game was intense. We all were complaining to the referees (about) some dirty stuff. It’s basketball. We just played. If you can see the replay, you can see he grabbed my jersey first so I wanted to try to defend myself, (but) not to hurt him.’ Thunder center Kendrick Perkins had his own take. ‘I didn’t see it to where it was like that flagrant,’ Perkins said. ‘He (Griffin) took (Ibaka’s) arm and knocked him down. The dude (Griffin) is known for flopping anyway, so that’s what it is. I was (angry). The (Clippers’) reaction after that was kind of like Serge Ibaka against Blake Griffin. He (Ibaka) ain’t going to get the benefit of (the doubt) or what’s really happening down there. You ain’t seeing all the stuff that other people are doing. Serge ends up getting the bad end of the stick. I didn’t like the whole thing — period. I thought it should’ve been a double-foul.’ Griffin said: ‘I guess it’s a chippy game like that every time we play. We’re both pretty physical teams with physical bigs. There was a lot of pushing and all that going on down low.’”

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  • Caboose

    Where’s Bullsh!t Man when you need him?

  • Lloyd

    They must have nuts of steel in Congo.

  • Hopefully Perkins will get hit in the nuts soon and then we can hear him complaining when that player doesnt get a flagrant or is tossed from the game.

    Ibaka aimed and hit him with a purpose so dont come up with this BS that you didnt try to hurt him because everyone knows that such a hit hurts..

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s impossible to read that long quote without hearing ibaka’a accent in your head.

  • The Fury

    Perkins still hurt when Blake dunked on him several months back. And I don’t believe Ibaka’s explanation. It was clearly intentional.

  • bosstios

    he was clearly trying to hit his arm away from holding his jersey and he didn’t even get him in the groin. He hit his thigh. calm down fan boys

  • whooo!

    he shoulda just said “i’m not bout dis life.” maybe that will help convince stu jackson?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “IT WAS MEANT TO KILL HIM!………MUAHHAHAHAHA” ~ Serge Ibaka, probably.

  • pposse

    so then why didn’t ibaka just say that??

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if you can’t see that he intentionally punched him in the groin, it looks like you are probably the fanboy. that was clearly a groin shot. and it was clearly a punch. he held his arm down before he punched him anyway, no reason to punch something you already pushed out of your way.

  • bike

    Groin chops are a common entrée in the Congo. Deep fried in hot mustard, they are very tasty and succulent.

  • robb

    Blake may be a flopper, but that was a dirty play.

  • erik

    You hit him in the nuts…man up , and dont lie. Him trying to cover it up is even more cowardly than the hit in the first place…… Serge corny

  • zogs19994

    ^GRADE.6 JOKE*

  • analfissures

    “So maybe you can do some move, not to hurt, (but) just to get good position”. What about that isn’t clear to you?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    so, i finally submitted something that applies to you.
    you are welcome.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he said “so maybe” – inferring he might have done that. but not actually saying he did. because he didn’t.

  • Omar

    Either that was intentional to hurt Blake or Serge is the first NBA player to come out because he clearly wanted Blake’s nuts.

  • roscoe

    Reggie Evans is impressed.

  • KBthaKilla

    Wow you sure do get a hard on for Blake. Go watch the tape moron. He was trying to free himself up from Blake, who was pulling him down by the jersey.

  • KBthaKilla

    There sure are a lot of numbskulls on this thread. Go watch the tape. He aimed for his arm. Blake was pulling on his jersey. If someone grabs my jersey, I’m swinging too.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t care about Blake Griffin at all.




    It’s in slow motion. He pushed his hand down, reaches across his body, and punches him in the d!ck. whether you want to use your eyes to see it is a whole different thing unto itself. it was clearly a nut shot tho. i don’t have a horse in this race, there is no reason for me to care either way.


    but i’m not going to just ignore you being a flaming idiot. it’s clear what it was. you don’t accidentally punch a guy in the d*ck trying to PUNCH his arm of out of the way. Especially when he was literally staring at the place that he punched when he swung his arm.

    if you don’t think he punched him on purpose. you are an idiot.

  • pposse

    all i know is if I unintentionally hit someone in the nuts and was asked about the play by a reporter i would make it as clear as possible to explain myself ie: “i didnt mean to hit him in the nuts, i tried to slap his hand but hit him in the nuts by accident” – no where did Ibaka come even close to saying that.

  • KBthaKilla

    Man, you sure go to a lot of trouble to defend the man you claim to care nothing about. That looks like dick riding.

    That video does nothing to change my mind. Yes, he looks down, but notice he’s looking down in the direction of where he’s being pulled down by the jersey. But by the time he swings, he’s already looking up at the basket.

    Maybe you need a screen with high def or something to see it. It was tough to notice these obvious aspects of the play with the HD turned off.

    Step your viewing game up. All will become clear.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You realize you are going at lengths to defend a guy who never even said it was an accident right?
    i mean, the only occupied dick here, seems to be Serge Ibaka’s. And you are seated on it.

  • bike

    Chris Kaman added this video to his Most Shocking and Horrifying collection.

  • bill

    Perkins ” Griffin facialed me, and I’m still about it!”

  • bill

    …mad about it :(

  • M.Phoenix

    If this was Mortal Kombat NBK just hit KBthaKilla with the flawless victory and finished him with the fatality.

  • danpowers

    i think its just that griffin is known for flopping and as a result nobody including ibaka expects him to have any balls so ibaka didnt expect to hit anything that could get hurt when he reached there. have mercy on him people.

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    he didn’t mean to do bad, he just wants to karate chop his dick off

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    Of course it was intentional, but i know serge is not a dirty player. We don’t see everything from our flatscreens. Maybe some stuff was already happening and dude decided to react