I'm pretty sure there was a thread about Serge Ibaka's cheapshot on Blake Griffin, but I just want to drop my two cents as I revisit this incident. Although it is utterly foul to hit another man in the restricted area (and Ibaka should pay the proper consequences), I find his demeanor and attitude a "breath of fresh air" in a softened league. With the lack of enforcers in the paint compared to the previous generations, I enjoyed the fact that Ibaka was giving Griffin a hard time and taking him out of his comfort zone. Once again, I'm not awarding Ibaka for the cheapshot, but applauding him for his attitude. The league needs more Oakleys, Ewings, Alonzos, Lambiers, etc. to continue the tradition of hard-nosed toughness. Do you agree?
It's demented to refer to a guy getting hit in the nutsack as a breath of fresh air.
Perhaps you misunderstood what I wrote. I explained that the cheapshot should not be praised and Ibaka should be rightfully penalized, but I encourage that the same attitude and enforcement Ibaka showed on Griffin (minus the cheapshots) should be seen more when opposing players are on the floor.
I'm a huge Ibaka/Thunder fan, but I just think it's funny that some guys get this kind of reaction, and other guys like KG get a horrible reaction for doing stuff like that. I agree with you that it's good to see that there's still some toughness left in the league, but he definitely didn't go about it in the way I would have preferred him to go. Hitting a guy in the balls is such a cheap shot
If they let players be a little more physical you wouldn't hear so much about players trying to sneak in the ol accidently hit him in the balls technique.
Also remember when Reggie Evans pulled Chris Kamans balls from behind? Haha ... I think I enjoyed that one more then I should have...
SubZero. You have a good point, but I believe cheapshots (Ibaka), elbows to the face (Metta), and calling one's loved one out of their name (KG) are different from playing aggressively and setting the dominant tone on the court. There were times I shunned a player for foul play, but there are also times I enjoy seeing a top-notch player get out of sync with the game because the opposing player is in his/her head ala Garnett, Miller, Payton, Jordan, etc. This is a very touchy subject, so if anyone else has some input on it, feel free to join in.