Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  26 responses

Serge Ibaka Becomes Spanish, Will Play for Spain

Serge Ibaka has been granted Spanish nationality, and will hoop for its national team at the European Championship next month. The AP reports: “Ibaka must swear loyalty to the Spanish crown and constitution to finalize the process after Spain’s Council of Ministers approved his petition for nationality on Friday. The 21-year-old was born in the Republic of Congo but played for Spanish clubs for three years before moving to the NBA in 2009. According to Spanish media reports, he maintains a residence in Barcelona. Ibaka can join Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol and brother Marc of the Memphis Grizzlies in a formidable front court for Spain.”

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Damn, that’s a beastly front court..

  • rich

    serge ibaka is spanish now? slavery really messed the world up…

  • treetrunks

    nah, slavery is when people work in a country for years and are still given the status of “illegal” immigrants..

  • Jorge (Spain)

    He was made as basketball player here in Spain, that is why he wants to became spanish, also because our national team is good, but he is a resident of Barcelona, so he has the right.

  • bob

    spain is a NBA team!

  • http://blogspot.com LLC#12

    rich, he moved to spain of his own will, he lives there of his own will, he has become spanish of his own will…what there says “slavery” to you?

  • Red Star

    LMFAO! That was brilliant!


    iblocka and the gasol brothers. The us national team will be tested next year. can’t wait

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Wow…now that is a front court.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Slaves get paid and have health rights @treetrunk?

  • Will Lee

    Fernandez, Calderon, Rubio, Carbajosa, Navarro, Pau, Marc, Ibaka, dayme

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  • treetrunks

    @LakeShow if u contribute to a country’s ecomony and pay your taxes have done so for YEARS, then i don’t think it’s fair that u should constantly live in fear that u’ll get kicked out (deported)..millions of people live in those conditions in “free” “democratic” nations..they’re in a vulnerable situation, therefore easier to exploit

  • T-Money

    i really don’t understand the slavery comment. DR Congo was not about to go the Olympics, so why not? It’s like when Dream decided to play for the U.S.



    not bad at all

  • Zack

    Do illegal immigrants pay taxes?? Wouldn’t that require a tax ID number? Wouldn’t that make you a legal immigrant? Unless of course that tax ID number was illegal too, LMAO.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Paying sales tax isn’t “paying taxes” buddee. You gotta be in the system to be a part of the system.

  • L

    I wonder what this team would fare in the NBA.I think they could be a playoff contender though they would struggle defensively on the wings and guards.L

  • ab40

    so.. gasol, gasol, ibaka , vasquez that’s a nice 4 man bigs rotation

  • Remo Williams

    If you think undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes, think again!! Social Security taxes alone bring in about $9 billion from immigrants, with little likelihood of claiming a refund and no hope of drawing a social security check. There are alternative ways to pay for taxes besides using a IRS issued SS number. Please don’t be ignorant. Do some real research for yourself before you blindly follow the blind.

  • James

    I agree with the slavery comment, but you used it in the wrong context.

    Ibaka is an example of the flight of talented Africans from their home country due to a lack of political stability and economic opportunity. That being said, the highly paid professional athlete is for the most part a developed world phenomenon, you can exactly expect the man to stay home and ball and get paid in the Congo.

    By the way, he’s not from the DRC, he’s from Congo-Brazzaville.

  • rich

    im going out on a limb here, but ah, im guessing all of you are white? only white people can. did not see that one coming, debating about slavery on a ball site, oh and to think that the first few comments were meant to be jokes

  • http://slamonline.com YKNOT

    The only Vasquez that matters is from Brazil! Go Terps!

  • odp

    Greivis Vasquez is from Venezuela not Brazil

  • odp

    and Fran Vazquez should have never put his name in the 2005 draft if he wasnt planning on coming over here and playing in the nba same with frederic weis in 1999. Thats just wack the magic and knicks wasted picks but the knicks thats their own fault with ron artest sitting right there going one pick after weis to the bulls

  • fanoftreetrunks

    treetrunks made a nice point about the US, every other person who commented on the slavery stuff… Dumb is too insufficient a word.

  • pulseczar

    Euros just ended so I searched for Ibaka’s Spanish-ness.

    Does he have any ties at all to Spain? Raised there, relatives there, etc? You can just pick a nation to decide to be from that easily?