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September 11, 2014 Updates
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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

September 8, 2014 Updates
September 5, 2014 Updates

The U.S. and Spain, who have met in the last two Olympic gold-medal games, have been the class of the Basketball World Cup. A matchup that was an expectation coming into the tournament seems closer to a guarantee when watching them now. Both went 5-0 and were hardly challenged in group play, Spain powering past what was considered a difficult pool and the U.S. sweeping through the weakest. They look so good that it's hard to envision anyone beating one of them except the other. "They are playing well, but we can't think about games that could come in the future," Spain guard Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves said. "We have to concentrate on the game at hand." USA Today Sports

"I don't pay attention to Spain," U.S. forward Kenneth Faried said this week. But those who do see a team that easily handled medal contender Brazil and European champion France in the first round, with chemistry from playing years together and an international stalwart in Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, the MVP of Spain's 2006 world title run who is having another strong tournament. "Spain is a very, very good team. They're very good," said Ukraine coach Mike Fratello, whose team lost to the U.S. on Thursday. "They're big, they've played together for so long, the majority of the team, and they do things that you have to do. They pass well, they're skilled. To play the U.S. you have to be skilled, otherwise you have too many turnovers from not being able to pass and catch. Small things. They don't do that. USA Today Sports

September 4, 2014 Updates

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