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Metta World Peace and Serge Ibaka get tangled up, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

Dec 8, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

Friday night’s game between the Thunder and the Lakers wasn’t close, but Serge ibaka and Metta World Peace appeared to try to make up for that by getting tangled up in the closing minutes.

With under three minutes to play and Oklahoma City leading by 10, Ibaka and MWP were fighting for position on a free throw attempt from Jodie Meeks.

The shot went in, which makes this all the more ridiculous. But after the two got tangled up, neither wanted to be the one to break the hold first, so words were exchanged, and double technicals were handed out by the officials.

World Peace has the reputation, obviously, and has the bad blood with the Thunder franchise after dropping James Harden with a vicious elbow just last season.

But Ibaka has been known to throw a death grip of his own, so let’s just chalk this one up to two so-called tough guys not wanting to back down from a non-existent confrontation.

Where this gets interesting, of course, is in the event that the Lakers get their act together before the postseason, and end up in a seven-game series against the Thunder. Incidents like this will be filed away by both teams if that happens, and the end result could be a true rivalry that would be amazing to see play out.

[via Matt Moore]

  1. sellahh - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    If you call them fake tough then who is tough in this league really? Perk?

    • badintent - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      No one. None of them have serve on the front line in the U.S. Military in Iraq or Afghan.Only our troops are the Real tough guys. NBA clowns get” toughed out” when they go to jail and meet the gang enforcers. My friend went though 4 months of OCS with top 1% Marine DIs, living hell, then did 400 carrier take off and landings at night in storms in the middle east conflicts. I know what a real tough guy is.They go in harms way for our Freedom. Not a jail cell.

      • sellahh - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        Too much Call of Duty, too many commercials…

  2. nbascreed - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    First, Ron Artest is not fake tough. Win or lose that guy wants it with anybody, just like Kmart, Stephen Jackson and Tony Allen.

    Second, my Gladwellian-Blink impression of this was that Serge didn’t really want it but had to keep up appearances. If you watch it closely you’ll see Ron walked him down the whole exchange (kinda like Pac will do Marquez tonight!)

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      JMM is going to batter that rat’s face tonight.

  3. andrewproughcfe - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Looked more like they were about to kiss than fight.

  4. sabatimus - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    This is what passes for technicals these days. Actually, FAR LESS will get you T’ed up. Ridiculous.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Serge wants nothing to do with Ron.

  6. kavika6 - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Take it to the prom guys.

  7. louhudson23 - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Glad Ron can still do this,he has little else left to offer on the floor….and kicking a fans ass or elbowing someone in the back of the head isn’t really all that impressive, is it ?

  8. thelakeshow562 - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:36 PM


  9. wakiash - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Metta World Peace of crap. A lifetime ban from basketball is too good for him

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