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September 11, 2014 Updates

Spain's guards didn't adjust by looking for Pau and Marc Gasol in the post enough, and then compounded that by missing all but two of their 22 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. "Everyone thought we had won this before it started, but we didn't prepare well for the game and were trying to play catchup the entire way," Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro said. "They prepared better than we did. We relied on doing what we always do, defend and get out on the break, but our shots didn't fall, and they played with a lot of poise." Boston Herald

It also turns this inaugural World Cup -- sporting that new name FIBA hopes will lend the event more stature -- into a tournament that will likely be remembered as the end of an era for not one but two international powers: Argentina and those very same Spaniards. It's hard to imagine Pau Gasol, Jose Calderon and Juan Carlos Navarro coming back to the national team for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil ... especially after the hell they'll catch for failing to deliver this time when hopes were so high. It's also fair to wonder how much they'd be able to offer at that point even if they did return. It thus seems safe to suggest that Spain, even if it can still field Marc Gasol, Rudy Fernandez and Ricky Rubio in Rio, will no longer be the same force Team USA has come to expect (and respect) since Spain won the 2006 World Championship in Japan. ESPN.com

September 10, 2014 Updates

It’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a pretty miserable week in sports. But you know one thing that helps keep me going in times of distress? Team USA. So you know what you’re getting today? TEAM USA ON JET SKIS. Grantland

But when the Phoenix Suns point guard was asked to pick a FIBA World Cup favorite just minutes after his Slovenian team was drubbed 119-76 by Team USA on Tuesday night, one might have assumed that he'd pick the Americans if only because of the magnitude of the one-sided moment. And one would have been wrong. "Uh, I mean so far, (it's) Spain," Dragic said. USA Today Sports

September 9, 2014 Updates

Dragic, the younger brother of Goran Dragic, had 16 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes against the United States national team on Tuesday. He has informed teams of the Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM. RealGM

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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