HoopsHype Serge Ibaka rumors
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
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
Miss Durant in the tournament? "No, no, no. No … nobody wants to play against Kevin," Ibaka says. "Who wants to play against him? Hell no. I saw in the Americans final in  Turkey. Every time he take a shot, people start crying. No … no … no. "Every time he got ball, people are saying, "Nooooo … Noooo…" Ibaka rolls back his head and laughs again. "Nobody want to play against him!" Yahoo! Sports
You're working on your post moves this summer with the help of former NBA big man Michael Ruffin. Do you expect to get more touches down low next season? Serge Ibaka: A lot of people don't understand; this is my fourth summer I've been working on my post moves. In our offense, we don't need to low post. We like to move, attack and kick, since we have Durant and Westbrook. But I always work on my post moves because you never know when the opportunity is going to come. I also worked on my jump shot and a one-dribble attack the basket. Bleacher Report
Serge Ibaka broke new ground the Oklahoma City Thunder. While teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook get most of the attention from the media, it was the 6-foot-10 forward who was asked to pose nude in the latest installment of ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. The section is titled the "Bodies We Want," according to The Norman Transcript. The magazine was released Monday on the internet and will hit the newsstands Friday. Ibaka was featured in the special issue along with 21 other athletes. Oklahoman
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