NBA notebook: James dismisses Ibaka comment

James dismisses Ibaka comment

Does Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka really think the Heat’s LeBron James is a poor defender?

That’s what he said Monday, injecting some trash talk into the middle of the NBA Finals.

Ibaka was quoted as saying: “LeBron is not a good defender. He can play defense for two to three minutes but not 48 minutes. LeBron can’t play (Kevin Durant) one on one.”

James, the leading vote-getter on the All-Defensive team, has already said it’s impossible to stop a player such as Durant for an entire game, so perhaps that’s what Ibaka meant.

“I don’t really care what he said. Stupid,” James said. “Everyone says something to me every series. You guys keep trying to get a quote from me.”

Wade deals with custody issue: Miami guard Dwyane Wade asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife’s right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys’ return to his custody and led to her arrest.

Siohvaughn Funches-Wade was charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest, Cook County Sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki said.

According to the filing, Funches-Wade “barricaded herself” at her home for several hours Saturday and refused to allow Wade’s sister inside to pick the boys up for their flight to Miami.

Riley wins award: Heat president Pat Riley is this year’s recipient of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the fifth to receive it, joining Tommy Heinsohn in 2009, Jack Ramsay and Tex Winter in 2010 and Lenny Wilkens in 2011.

Associated Press

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