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Report: Serge Ibaka’s calf improving, will play for Spain in World Cup

Jun 24, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

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If Serge Ibaka had a healthy calf, it is possible the Oklahoma City Thunder make the NBA Finals this season. (And then it is possible they fall to the Heat and change a whole lot of free agency dynamics, but let’s not go that far down the hypothetical yellow brick road.)

Ibaka’s calf strain is healing and is not going to keep him from competing for host Spain at the FIBA World Cup this August and September, reports Spanish Language paper El Mundo (via Hoopshype).

Spain is the two-time Olympic runner-ups to the United States at the Olympics and the second best team in the World. On their home hardwood they post a particular threat with a roster that includes Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Ibaka as the front line. They also have Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Rodriguez and more quality international players to round everything out.

As Spain will have to deal with a Team USA squad with bigs who can space out the floor with the likes of Kevin Love and Kevin Durant, a mobile defender in the paint is a good thing.

Spain and the USA will be the clear favorites entering the World Cup. However, if you’ve watched any of the soccer World Cup, you know that on that stage upsets happen. Nothing is certain (although basketball tends to follow form more than soccer).

Come the late summer you can be sure PBT will have a lot of World Cup coverage. For now, just know Ibaka is playing.

  1. brianjoates - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Too bad there can’t be a “world championship” tourney, where you have championship teams from various pro leagues play to decide the “world champ”‘. Sure the NBA champ might win alot, but teams and coaching staffs that are familiar with each other after a season could have a shot.

  2. jerdogthompson - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    #filthySpaniard

    Hitting men in their junk will not advance your career. In fact I think it will shorten it quite drastically.

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