So it's come to this: The power forward who blocks shots in five languages, the guy whose comments about LeBron James' defense got lost in translation, is giving motivational speeches.

"In English, actually," said James Harden.

Should the Thunder write the greatest comeback story in NBA Finals history and rally back from a 3-1 deficit against the Miami Heat, Serge Ibaka's comments to and about Harden are bound for embellishment.

Think Nelson Mandela in "Invictus" meets "Knute Rockne All-American."

For perspective, we go to Thunder center/sage Kendrick Perkins.

"Serge has some positive things to say to James today," Perk deadpanned, but with feeling.

Said Ibaka: "I wanted to address a message to my teammates that we need to stick together and we need to believe that we can do it. We addressed Kevin, guys who can make some crazy plays and make us all achieve better.