HoopsHype Serge Ibaka rumors

November 11, 2014 Updates

No amount of applause, no trophy or title could ever eclipse a father’s love for his baby girl. From the moment they met, Serge Ibaka’s heart grew whole. Ibaka said, “It’s a different love. Just the best love ever.” The Thunder star was only 17 when he became a father. It’s not unusual in Congo, where love blossoms early and teen pregnancy is rampant. KFOR

Ronnie Ibaka lives in Congo with her mom, but Serge is very much a part of her life. He visits frequently and supports his family financially. Ibaka told us, “I give her the best, everything because everything I do right now is for her.” KFOR

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An anonymous NBA scount dishes his take on the Thunder's outlook with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sidelined. "They are going to have a hard time scoring. You know they are not going to rush KD back because that’s not what they do. The entire offense was funneled to Westbrook and Durant. You can run the same sets but how effective is it going to be without two of the top 10 players in the NBA? But that’s probably what they are going to do. Reggie Jackson is like a mini-Westbrook. He’s going to get a lot of shots. It was the Perry Jones Show against the Clippers, so he will get looks too. Serge Ibaka isn’t a post presence but they might try to do more to get him more baseline jump shots. These are band-aids though. In this conference, they can easily lose 10 or 15 games over the next month and be in a deep hole when Russ or KD comes back. This injury could knock them out of the playoffs." Sports Illustrated

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Gobert clearly listened. From a second-quarter dunk on Pau Gasol to almost flawless post play to helping hold two All-Star big men in check, Gobert was everywhere he needed to be. His 13 rebounds were only one fewer than the brothers Gasol and the ineffective Serge Ibaka combined, and a key factor in a 50-28 advantage on the boards. The young big man's single block of the night, on a Pau Gasol attempt, preempted France's closing 10-0 burst. "I knew everybody was expecting me to help the team," said Gobert, who averaged 2.3 points and 3.4 for the Utah Jazz last season amid two stints in the D-League. "Everybody knew I could stop them. That was just my mission. Everyone else played great offensively. I just had to stop Pau. He's one of the best players in the world and if you stop him, they're not as strong." ESPN.com

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Ibaka's eyes were growing wide now off the lobby of a hotel lounge several weeks later, his voice rising, his cadence accelerating. For there's no Spanish gold medal in Madrid next week, no NBA championship for Oklahoma City in the States next spring, that could touch him as did a trip as a UNICEF emissary had this summer. He changed basketball in the Congo, and plays a part in shaping its future throughout Africa. "That's one of the most amazing things for me," Ibaka told Yahoo Sports. "I feel like that I am some people's … some people's …" Yahoo! Sports

Ibaka speaks five languages, but he is searching for the proper word here. It is escaping him and his eyes dart to Jordi Vila – the European agent who partners with his American representative Andy Miller – who had been listening to this part of the conversation. "Inspiración?" Vila says. "YES! YES!" Ibaka declares. "I am some people's … inspiración!" Now, Ibaka is rolling. "I tell them all: If can make NBA player, if I play in the NBA, that's means anything is possible. When I was in Congo, basketball in Congo was nowhere like today there. I didn't watch the NBA. I knew two players. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Oh, maybe [Dennis] Rodman, too. Only know a few teams. That's all I know. We did not see basketball. I didn't know there was an NBA draft. Yahoo! Sports

Ibaka teammed up with Sportlobster to give away three FIBA World Cup basketballs signed by him personally. All you have to do is post #Spain2014 in the Basketball Fanzone on www.sportslobster.com for a chance to win. Oklahoman

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