Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  6 responses

Serge Ibaka Excited to Play for Spain in Euro Championship

Now that he’s officially a Spanish citizen, Serge Ibaka can’t wait to suit up for the country this summer. From the AP: “I have to give all my energy on the court, that’s my job,’ the 21-year-old Ibaka said. ‘I will do everything I can to help the team.’ Ibaka, a native of the Republic of Congo, played for Spanish clubs for three years before moving to the NBA in 2009. He became a Spanish national this month. He’ll join Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol in the front court of a squad packed with NBA talent. ‘I am excited to play with point guards Ricky (Rubio), (Jose) Calderon and (Barcelona’s Victor) Sada because they make other players better, and also share the paint with Pau, Marc and (Madrid forward) Felipe (Reyes),’ Ibaka said. Pau Gasol underscored the strengths of Ibaka. ‘Physically, (Ibaka) is a very good player, very powerful,’ Gasol said. ‘He gives us another inside player to increase the level of competition on the team.’”

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  • Overtime

    Dam thats a nice addition for Spain. Annoying theyre in the same group as the UK.
    Weird that they let him become a citizen though… does that not equal anyone playing for an NBA club for three years being allowed onto the USA team?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Sergio Ibakez!

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    I’m really excited too!!! With the Gasol brothers, Ibaka and Reyes Spain has the strongest inside presence in the torunament. And the outside is as strong as usual, I hope we win it again!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^lets get it one more time!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Just more poster fodder for Team USA. Haha. Hope to see you guys in the Gold Medal game again.

  • qasclk

    LA Huey, i never knew USA is in Europe….. This is the European Championship, so geography 101 tells dictates that Team USA will never get to the finals…