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Gregg Popovich mocks Ibaka’s previous injury status, jokes Ginobili is ‘out for the rest of the playoffs’

May 26, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Serge Ibaka was supposed to be out for the rest of the postseason with a calf injury, and wasn’t able to go in the first two games of the Western Conference Finals as the Spurs cruised to consecutive blowout victories.

San Antonio didn’t buy the diagnosis initially, of course, and Gregg Popovich was anything but “shocked” when it appeared as though Ibaka would make a miraculous recovery in time to return for Game 3.

Oklahoma City got a great performance out of Ibaka which helped cut the Spurs lead in the series to two games to one, and despite suffering the loss, Popovich used his postgame press conference as an opportunity to crack wise about Ibaka’s initial injury designation.

A reporter asked about Manu Ginobili, and whether he’d be physically okay after heading to the locker room late in the fourth quarter.

“He’ll be fine,” Popovich said, before pausing a few seconds to reconsider. “Or, he’s out for the rest of the playoffs.”

  1. thevikesarebest - May 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    I got a joke….laker fans know basketball.

    • RavenzGunnerz - May 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      just read this article 5 times, I can’t find any Lakers reference…

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      You wish you lived west of I-5.

    • mytthor - May 27, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      I hope you’re a fan of Norse marauding 13th century seafaring warriors, because if you’re referring to the MINNESOTA Vikings being the “best” I’d thank my lucky stars you don’t consider me someone who knows sports.

  2. opinevain - May 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Gotta love Pop!

  3. brugis23 - May 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Lakers’ jokes make total sense…always. Good one!

  4. smarshall3789 - May 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    There goes Lakers fans always getting mad that the Lakers aren’t the team being talked about! That’s the joke

    • musician0785 - May 27, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Where is there any evidence of that in these comments? Truth is ppl just like taking shots at Lakers fans

  5. pop562 - May 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Win or lose, people will always talk about the Lakers!!

  6. cantonb0und13 - May 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Then there’s the Knicks………………………….

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      And their arrogant pea brain loser fans like the CantonPeaBrain.

  7. gostlcards5 - May 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    That was hilarious…he even said afterward that he did it just for the laughs.

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