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Serge Ibaka didn't play nearly as much as anyone expected he would in the Olympics. The Spanish team who eventually finished seven points shy of a Gold Medal did play Ibaka for 22 minutes in the final game against the US, but he probably should've played even more than that.
To speculate, the issue most likely revolved around the fact that the Gasol brothers manned the post for much of the international competition. Marc at the center spot, and Pau at the Power Forward. For as good as Ibaka is, and will be, he's not as skilled as Pau right now. Unlike the basketball played in the United States, European style play is far more rooted in fundamentals, and coached by traditionalists. Meaning, in my opinion, the Spanish coaching staff isn't as likely to roll out a starting front-court with Serge at the three.
Maybe they should've done that. In the defense of the Spanish brain trust however, they did finish only seven points away from beating a team who thinks the...
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At 22 years of age, Serge Ibaka has built himself into one of the premier forwards in the NBA. Propped up by the attention during the Oklahoma City Thunder playoff run, Ibaka went from a near no-name during his first couple of years in the league to becoming a part of a young OKC core alongside Kevin Durant, [...]
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“If things continue like this, I will not return…”
That’s what Ibaka had to say regarding his role with the Spanish National team during the Olympics. Ibaka was primarily displeased with the way he was used on the court and his overall minutes in the game.
Ibaka tallied 12pts. and 9 boards in the game against the U.S…..in just 22 minutes of play.
“I want to keep playing with the Thunder. I feel like home and the team is special: my teammates are like my family. We can do big things.” – J. Harden
Interesting situation down in OKC. Apparently Serge Ibaka’s $51mil contract isn’t leaving much room for highly desired guard James Harden. As you know, the Thunder’s main man at guard is Russie. So this leaves them...
Serge Ibaka had a great season last year, leading the NBA in blocked shots, and now he has a contract to match his production. He is considered one of the NBA’s best weak side defenders, and Ibaka’s contract was extended for the next four seasons at the price of just under $50 million for the life of the contract.
One of the things that I learned this week is that the Oklahoma City school district doesn't approve of little kids wearing Michigan t-shirts.
5-year-old Cooper Barton (as pictured above) was forced to turn his t-shirt inside out after a Principal at Wilson Elementary School spotted him wearing it.
Apparently, the Oklahoma City public school district has a ban of certain...
April 24, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard
A few days back, Fox Sports’ Sam Amico brought up the notion of the Kings’ Jimmer Fredette playing alongside Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Amico mentioned Durant’s friendship with Fredette as a possible caveat in the deal, but the “rumor” seemed more like...
John Wall, Nick Collison, Austin Rivers and even Juwan Howard rushed to the President’s campaign fundraiser. Michael Jordan and Walt Frazier were the headlining guest names but as you can see below, the boys looked just happy to be there.
Word is our President raised $3 mil with the help of the NBA stars and had the following to say during his speech:
“But the other side is...