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Ibaka granted Spanish citizenship, will play in Eurobasket

Jul 15, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

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The front line of the Spanish national team already had the Gasol brothers, and it just got better.

Serge Ibaka — the Oklahoma City Thunder forward who was born in the Congo but played in Spain — has been granted Spanish citizenship and will play for the country in EuroBasket this summer, the event where spots in the 2012 Olympics will be decided.

The Associated Press says Ibaka “must swear loyalty to the Spanish crown and constitution to finalize the process.”

EuroBasket takes place in Lithuania and will begin on Aug. 31.

FIBA has launched its Olympics basketball Web site, where you can follow news leading up to the games. As you can at NBC’s Olympics web site.

  1. slopmcflop - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Why is this picture of Ibaka so awesome?

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