By now, I'm sure you've heard about the big Thunder trade.
Last night, Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Arvydas Sabonis's son and something called an Ersan Ilyasova. Although I like the trade from a basketball perspective, the news is kind of bittersweet here at the home office. Serge was always one of my favorite players, and although he once modeled for So6ix, we truly appreciate all the contributions he's made to the Thunder, the Oklahoma City community, and TLO web traffic over the years.
You see, back in 2013 we were the first website to let everyone know that Serge Ibaka is quality, high-character, selfless guy who will happily take a pic with you whenever he stops by the local Kia dealership for an oil change.
Because athletes are generally selfish, vain, prima donnas who hate their fans and never want to be bothered, the refreshing pic of Serge happily posing with a car salesman in Oklahoma was a big hit on the Internet. Bill Simmons referenced it a couple of times in his articles and podcasts, and a quick Google image search reveals that just about every major sports website has re-posted it at some point. I guess we probably should have watermarked it like that Emily Sutton bikini pic.
Anyway, on behalf of Oklahoma City Thunder fans everywhere, I'd like to wish Air Congo the best of luck with Orlando, and even better luck getting out of Orlando. He was one of my favorite players, and at one point in his career I seriously thought he was going to be the next Rasheed Wallace (minus the emotional baggage). He'll be missed – especially by heterosexual women and a lot of the people you'll find at Pride this weekend.