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  1. Ibaka granted Spanish citizenship, will play in Eurobasket

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    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…

  2. Bobcats’ Biyombo still facing serious buyout issues

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Bismack Biyombo

    When introduced to the fans and media recently, Bobcats draft pick Bismack Biyombo essentially blew off concerns about a buyout with his Spanish club. It isn’t quite that simple, reports the Associated Press. The two sides are expected to sit down Friday and see if they can reach a deal. Jorge Sanz, spokesman for the…

  3. Pau Gasol leaning toward playing for Spain this summer

    May 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    Because Pau Gasol didn’t look the least bit fatigued in the playoffs…. The Lakers big man said in his exit interview that he is leaning toward playing for Spain as it tries to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to ESPN Los Angeles. The last couple summers Gasol said the Lakers deep runs into…

  4. Ricky Rubio not eager for NBA move, Spanish agent says

    May 7, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Welcome to the world of people competing for the ear of Ricky Rubio. Minnesota Timberwolves officials will be over in Spain next week trying the time share style hard sell on the 20-year-old point guard, telling him now is the time to come to America. Rubio’s American agent echoes those thoughts. His Spanish agent feels…

  5. Spanish bank BBVA signs $100 million marketing deal with NBA

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:36 AM EST

    When you flipped away from NFL Sunday to watch some of the WNBA finals… well, if you had (and you should have to watch Sue Bird drain a free throw line jumper with 2.6 seconds left to give Seattle the win), you would have noticed something: Both teams had the logo for BBVA on their…

  6. Ricky Rubio is good, but until his shot falls more the legend part is on hold

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    Ricky Rubio has reached a legendary status. With reason — the guy was on the floor in the key moments of an Olympic gold medal game at age 19, or just check out his mix tapes. He has mad game. He’s 19 and will spend this season playing for Barcelona, then decide whether to come…

  7. World Championships roundup: Turkey's fans keep singing, Spain's fans crying over their Tapas

    Sep 8, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

    And it is looking more and more like the gold medal game of the World Championships will be the USA vs. Turkey. Serbia 92, Spain 89: This was an upset — not a massive, Buster Douglas/Mike Tyson upset, but an upset. It was also the fair result, Serbia controlled most of this game, but a…

  8. World Championships Round of 16: Spain looks good again, Serbia survives

    Sep 4, 2010, 6:57 PM EST

    Saturday was the most interesting day of the round of 16, two very interesting games between three good teams (Spain, Greece and Serbia) and one solid one (Croatia). Here’s a little roundup. Spain 80, Greece 72. There was some pretty basketball early on in this one and it became clear that the team that figured…

  9. World Championship knockout rounds set, USA has a tough road ahead

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    There are supposed to be rewards for winning your group-play bracket at the FIBA World Championships. And there are for the USA — it’s first round game is against Angola on Monday. Very winnable. Then the sledding gets tough. It could have been worse. But tough. Here’s the lineup. Saturday we get the two best…

  10. FIBA World Championships: Lithuania upsets Spain, 76-73 (and that's not good for the USA)

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

    Maybe Spain misses Paul Gasol more than we thought. After dropping their first game to France it was expected Spain would wake up and start to roll, but on Tuesday they blew an 18-point third quarter lead, were outscored 23-9 in the fourth quarter and fell to Lithuania 76-73. Good you say. The other co-favorite…

  11. FIBA World Championships Day 1: While the USA cruises, Spain loses

    Aug 28, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    You know the USA was hardly tested in a 106-78 win over Croatia, but the other FIBA World Championship favorite Spain lost its opener. What that means may not be all bad — if Lithuania wins that group (no sure thing yet, by any stretch) the USA and Spain could meet in the finals, not…

  12. The other top contenders at the World Championships

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

    You’re ready. You’ve read up on Team USA and its group. You’ve watched the warm-up games. Even your Facebook profile picture is a USA jersey. You are set to watch Team USA destroy the world as is its manifest destiny…. Except they could lose. It is possible — and not a slim possibility, but a…

  13. USA vs. Spain rematch probably a semi-final game at World Championships

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:29 AM EST

    For the first half of the 1990s in the NFL, the NFC championship game was the defacto Super Bowl. Dallas and San Francisco (usually) played that game with everyone knowing full well they would crush whomever they met in the Super Bowl. That’s pretty much how the FIBA World Championships will go. If the USA…

  14. Kevin Durant has long arms, can play some defense

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

    In case you hadn’t seen it, here are Kevin Durant’s two blocks to save the game for Team USA against Spain. In a very smart move, the USA switched defense to a zone on the final possession, and that caught Spain by surprise and cut off the drive. Check out a great breakdown of that…

  15. Calderon injures hamstring, will miss World Championships

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:25 AM EST

    Jose Calderon battled a lingering hamstring issue through much of the 08-09 season, which has to make everyone a little hesitant at this news: Calderon is out of the World Championships for Spain after injuring his hamstring against the USA in an exhibition game Sunday. He will be out a month, according to the Toronto…

  16. Team USA edges Spain by a single point, but claims their most significant victory yet

    Aug 22, 2010, 6:47 PM EST

    Both Team USA and the Spanish national team were reluctant to reveal their full arsenals, but today’s friendly between the two FIBA powerhouses was easily the Americans’ most entertaining exhibition yet. Neither squad was flawless in their execution, but Team USA’s quality performance against their top opponent in the World Championships (even if Spain wasn’t…

  17. Team USA takes care of Lithuania… eventually

    Aug 21, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    That was almost very very bad. Team USA played disastrously bad against Lithuania for a half, trailing by multiple scores before turning the jets on in the second half and riding their athleticism to a 77-61 win Sunday afternoon. The big problem for Team USA? You can take your pick, but shooting is likely the…

  18. Krzyzewski, Durant talk about Team USA's progress

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:47 AM EST

      Coach K and Kevin Durant are feeling pretty good about the team, but we’ll have a much better idea of how good they really are after games this weekend against Lithuania and Spain,

  19. Anderson Varejao injured in international game, will be out one week

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:02 PM EST

    UPDATE 12:02 pm: The Brazilian doctors have taken an MRI of Varejao’s right ankle and there is no serious damage. In fact, he could play tomorrow, according to Cleveland AP writer Tom Withers. Also, the Cavaliers have spoken to Varejao and know this is nothing serious. 8:56 am: Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao suffered an ankle injury…

  20. Kobe Bryant shows some respect for Spain's national team

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    In establishing the hierarchy of teams competing in the FIBA World Championships, Team USA and Spain are clearly on the top tier. Both squads have superior talent to the rest of the Championship pool, and while both have their respective kinks to workout before the competition really ramps up, they’re rightfully considered co-favorites. However, it’s…

  21. Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico submit their final rosters for the FIBA World Championships

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:11 AM EST

    The selection process for Team USA rages on (and likely will until the 11th hour), but three teams — Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico — have finalized their rosters for the FIBA World Championships. Take a look:SPAIN G José CalderonG Rudy FernandezF Jorge GarbajosaC Marc GasolF Álex MumbrúG Juan Carlos NavarroFC Felipe ReyesG Ricky RubioF…

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