Sunday, April 25, 2010

Serge Ibaka to play for Spain?

Could the Congolese be blocking shots for Spain?

According to, it is possible that Serge Ibaka(2.11-C) plays for Spain. The Congolese center has made his presence very clear in the NBA by becoming a formidable defensive presence in the frontcourt. His defensive abilities (top blocker of the Oklahoma Thunder) have impressed a lot of people and the article implies that the naturalisation of Ibaka is possible.

According to the current legislation in Spain he needs to be a citizen of Spain for 10 consecutive years so he could a Spanish passport in 2017 but he could also be "naturalized". This is a special decision of the Government (by Royal Decree) reserved for special individuals that could help Spain. This was done very recently for another basketball prodigy, Nikola Mirotic who is expected to shine in the future for Real Madrid, and of course Spain. Ibaka has lived in Spain for 3 years and he has a house in Manresa where he also has friends. Ibaka has been averaging 6.3 points 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 73 games for Oklahoma and all that with an average of 18.1 minutes of playing time.

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