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2012 NBA Finals, Heat Vs. Thunder: LeBron James Calls Serge Ibaka's Remarks 'Stupid'

On Monday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka told reporters that LeBron James "is not a good defender."

The three-time MVP responded to the comments on Tuesday.

"I don't really care what he says, he's (pause) stupid," James said. "Everyone says something to me every series then [the media] tries to get a quote."

LeBron finished in the top-five for voting for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award.

"For me as a defender, I just try to make plays and try to keep my body in front of a great player," he said. "First of all, I'm not playing 48 minutes and Kevin's not playing 48 minutes. I'm not guarding him for 48 minutes. When I'm on him, I'm just trying to make it tough for him to make shots, which he's going to make."

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