Bryant didn’t like it, and if the Oklahoma City forward hit him the same way, “I probably would have smacked him in the mouth,” Bryant said Monday at practice.
But what about the, uh, initial pain? Griffin stayed down on the court for a while.
“I would have dealt with the pain afterward,” Bryant said.
Griffin’s pain might be the Lakers’ gain. Ibaka was given a flagrant-1 foul, and video replays indicated Ibaka’s blow was premeditated. So Ibaka might be suspended by the NBA for Oklahoma City’s home game Tuesday against the Lakers.