HoopsHype Spain rumors

September 9, 2014 Updates

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

After the end of the group stages, eight teams will go home and 16 (Spain, Brazil, France, Serbia, Greece, Argentina, Croatia, Senegal, USA, Turkey, Dominican R., New Zealand, Slovenia, Australia, Lithuania, Mexico) will continue to fight for the World Cup title! The half of the teams that qualified to the round of “16” are from Europe! Saturday 6th September Madrid Spain-Senegal Α3-B2 Barcelona C3-D2 USA-Mexico EuroHoops.net

Anyway Qingdao has no plan to stop here. The team entered into negotiations with Iranian center Hamed Haddadi, who's pursued also by Spanish Real Madrid. Haddadi can be signed with the Asian spot and will allow Qingdao to sign another American player. The team already signed former Zalgiris Kaunas point-guard Justin Dentmon. Sportando

Marc Stein: Slovenia plays Lithuania with first place on the line today in Group D AND I'm hearing Zoran Dragic moving to NBA THIS season still possible Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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