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LeBron James Calls Serge Ibaka 'Stupid' After Defensive Criticism In NBA Finals

06/19/2012 07:37 pm 19:37:44 | Updated Jun 19, 2012

While it's difficult to imagine LeBron James getting much more assertive in the 2012 NBA Finals, Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka may have provided him a reason to improve upon an eye-popping 30/10/5 average* per game performance.

Ibaka made headlines on Monday when he criticized James' defense, telling reporters that the three-time MVP is "not a good defender."

"He can play defense for two to three minutes but not 48 minutes," Ibaka said, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The NBA coaches who vote for the league's All-Defensive Team don't take that view, having voted James to the first team after the past four seasons. For his part, James seems unconcerned with Ibaka's quote and unimpressed with the latest mini-controversy of the playoffs.

"I don't really care what he says, he's stupid," James responded on Tuesday, via ESPN. "Everyone says something to me every series then (the media) tries to get a quote. It's stupid."

Even if Ibaka's meaning was lost in translation, a Twitter meme still developed around all of the other inexplicable opinions potentially held by the Congolese center.

Serge Ibaka Is Unimpressed

*James is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game in the Finals through three games.

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