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NBA Finals 2012: Serge Ibaka Does Not Respect LeBron James As A Defender

Serge Ibaka could be using his most recent comments on LeBron James' defensive ability to motivate Kevin Durant, or at least psych the three-time NBA scoring champion into thinking he can do a number on James if he gets loose.

Either way, Ibaka is showing absolutely no respect for James' defensive prowess, not that the NBA Finals is a time to be friendly a praise the opposition, especially when it's kicking your tail at the moment.

Read Ibaka's comments, via CBSSports:

"LeBron is not a good defender," Ibaka said about the player who received the most votes for the league's all-defensive team, which is selected by the coaches.

"He can play defense for two to three minutes but not 48 minutes. LeBron can't play (Durant) one-on-one," Ibaka said. "They're playing good defense like a team."

For more on this 2012 NBA Finals, be sure to read our StoryStream here. Check out Welcome To Loud City for more on the Thunder and Peninsula Is Mightier for more on the Heat.