Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was asked what he thought of the incident between Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin last Sunday afternoon.
“I probably would have smacked [Ibaka] in the mouth,” Bryant said after the Los Angeles Lakers practiced Monday. “I would have dealt with the pain after.”
Ibaka and Griffin were physically jostling for position late in the fourth quarter when the Oklahoma City Thunder traveled to play the Los Angeles Clippers two days ago.
Griffin seemed to have good position and a hold of Ibaka and it led Ibaka to swing his arm down in a chopping motion toward Griffin’s midsection. The blow connected below the belt and was called a flagrant one in the game after officials reviewed the play.
The league will also review the play and could potentially suspend Ibaka for a game – possibly tonight – for his act.
A lot of people think the move by Ibaka was intentional, including Kobe apparently. While it was certainly intentional by Ibaka to throw his arm in that way, the result and where he struck Griffin was not.
It was not a smart move by Ibaka though who should have had better awareness of what he was doing in that situation.
There has been no word from the league yet on a possible Ibaka suspension, if anything we may hear something later today.