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Serge Ibaka thinks Spain can hang with the U.S.

Jul 7, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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Serge Ibaka doesn’t always know the right thing to say in English. He’s still got a sizable language barrier in terms of his English fluency. So whenever he speaks out on something, like he did about LeBron’s defensea few months ago and then apologized, calling it a mistake, you need to take it with a grain of salt. But nonetheless, Ibaka was asked about Spain’s Olympic team he’s playing for and how it stacks up against the US. Good news! According to Serge Ibaka, the U.S. is just as good as Spain! So that’s something to be proud of! From the AP:

“They are just like us, they also have players with a lot of talent,” the Oklahoma City power forward said Saturday in his first full day of training with the Spanish team. “They are a different team to 2008, but their players are still very good.”

via Ibaka: Spain’s talent matches Olympic favorites US – Sports- NBC Sports.

Well, that’s good to hear.

Spain is without arguably their best player in star Ricky Rubio who gave teams fits in the 2008 Olympics and impressed NBA players in the Gold Medal final. They also feature the Gasol brothers down low. Team USA’s one big described weakness is inside, without Dwight Howard. The team is wing-heavy but big-man light, especially withe Lamar Odom not joining the team.

With the star power left on Team USA, it’s difficult to see Spain beating them out for the Gold, but it appears they feel they are ready to step up and hang.



  1. finsfan71 - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Has it been a few months already since the Heat whipped them? Feels just like two weeks ago.

  2. trybe29dr - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    He also said James wasnt that great a defender, no offense…ill take his comments with an 1/8 of a grain of salt

  3. ivo610 - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Lebron driving with Kobe and Durant on the wing? Yeah…. good luck stopping that.

  4. danj3678 - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Honestly… as much as I hate Lebron .. Ibaka was just wrong about his D… On the other hand I appreciate any player that doesn’t bow down to another. Its just confidence. He knew it was not true. As far as Spain being able to hang with the US.. They def have size to do so.. will it be enough probably not, but it very well could be.

  5. blakspartan - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Ibaka is not a good defender he blocks shot off the ball not on the ball, he is a help defender at best he can’t guard one on one

    • danj3678 - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      He led the league in blocks the past 2 years. This is the NBA… I don’t care where you block shots from or how you block them… If you block 241 shots in 66 games you are a defensive beast.

      • juanandonly24 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:53 AM

        Yeah I mean, Javale McGee deserved to be on the All-NBA Defensive Team, right?

      • beagle11 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        You should care.. Amare blocked a ton of shots from the weak side during his first season with the knicks…He literally doesn’t know how to play man to man defense… Tyson Chandler doesn’t block too many shots, go ahead and tell me he’s not a good defender

  6. kstaxboutthatmoney - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Like he was right about the finals? (too soon?)

  7. txnative61 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Maybe my English is lacking as well. I read both teams “have talent”. Ibaka and the Gasol’s qualify, as does the US team, so they would be just alike by that measure. If I wanted to distort Ibaka’s meaning I would say “Ibaka guarantee’s Olympic victory” which would be “just like” your article, a lie.

  8. boilerup1869 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    F*** Lamar Odom

  9. blakspartan - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Danj3678 when ibaka can block shots guarding a offensive player instead of sneaking up on one then we can talk

  10. pellypell - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    As much as I want the USA to win the gold, I really hope someone steps up to give them a scare. Nobody wants to see blowouts, uncompetitive basketball is boring basketball.

  11. cowboychris5xchamps - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Ibaka must be smoking meth!!! Spain will be hanging from the shoe laces of the USA squad…

  12. avermaver - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Olympic basketball is so 20 years ago, who cares

  13. derekjetersmansion - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    With Rubio, Spain loses by single digits, maybe even less than 5. Without him, it should be 2 touchdowns.

  14. fanz928 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Without Rubio u have no floor general I think Spain’s getting blown out this summer

  15. cowboychris5xchamps - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    @ avermaver…..American basketball fans and sports fans in general care! Keep on playing fantasy baseball you comic book collecting dork! I’ll be watching the Olympics!

  16. africanballer - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Spain will get beat, wether it’s by speed or size, there will be no such thing as hanging with the dream team, and ibaka should learn to shut up

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