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Serge Ibaka, Ricky Rubio remind of why Spain will be a problem in FIBA World Cup (VIDEO)

Aug 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

The expectation is that Team USA won’t be seriously challenged in FIBA World Cup play until (and unless) they make it to the championship game, where they would (theoretically) take on the team from Spain, one that is similarly loaded with NBA-caliber talent.

Most point to the interior presence of Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol as the area that could be most problematic, but Serge Ibaka and Ricky Rubio remind us in this highlight play against Argentina that they bring plenty to the table for the USA squad to be concerned with, as well.

[via ESPN]

  1. montrealknowledge - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    I thought is Spain had Rubio they would have won the gold. Not that Rubio is great, or a “difference maker” but I thought they would have won. Not sure this time around, but will be a good game.

    • money2long - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Haha. Two Rubio slights in two days.
      Golly. He’s not a difference maker ? Smh.
      I proved ppl wrong about klay Thompson. Now it looks like I have to preach of the awesomeness of Ricky Rubio.
      If u don’t belive in Rubio then you don’t know basketball.

      • bkbell3 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        klay the guy with a career per of 13.9 who can only catch and shoot and for some reason is way overrated as a defender? That guy? lmao. Rubio, who has played pro ball since he is 14 yrs. old and has never shot over 39% from the field and is a ghost on defense? That guy? lmao

    • spthegr8 - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Ain’t nobody worried about Spain…..BRUH!!!

  2. savvybynature - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    The highlight video was taken six minutes after Ibaka was declared out for the FIBA games with an injury, and then made a miraculous comeback.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Soon he’ll change his name to Serge Davis because Anthony will be his new dad.

  4. montrealknowledge - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    I like Rubio, I said they win the last Olympics with him.. But it would not have been because of him. This time around will be tough for him to D-Up the USA guards and run an offense.

    • money2long - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      News flash.
      It’s tough for anyone to D up the USA guards. Even for USA players.

  5. avb300 - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    I still don’t get how he’s on the Spanish national team…

    I know he’s some sort of naturalized citizen but it just seems really fishy to me.

    • muhangis - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:10 AM

      Why? He was born and raised in Spain.

      Unless you stand for uptight and repressive bureaucratic laws..

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Born and raised in Spain? You should check your facts buddy.

        He played in Spain for 2 years before joining the Thunder. That’s it.

  6. themagicfanguy - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    News flash.
    We know it’s tough to guard NBA players, but that’s their job and that’s why they’re paid well. A job being tough isn’t a proper excuse to suck at it.

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