HoopsHype Serge Ibaka rumors

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Anthony Slater: Confirmed: Serge Ibaka's brother, Igor, intends to play for #OKstate in 2015-16. Must graduate JuCo this year though. Story coming soon. Twitter @anthonyVslater

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"They made us work defensively," Ibaka said. "They were sharing the ball very well tonight, and they started early in the game (when they were) pretty effective on two-point line. Then (they) made us kind of nervous on defense, kind of lose a bit of our control in the paint, and specifically myself. I did not do a better job to protect my teammates in the paint. ... I was hoping I would be there for them. USA Today Sports

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Ibaka's statistics (15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 30 minutes) will never measure the true impact of his return, but the meaning behind his miracle moment went deeper for this group than all the rest. Rachina Ibaka had played the motherly role all week long, teaming with Serge's significant other, singer Keri Hilson, to get big Serge back in working order in time to shock the basketball world. Here was the sister who grew up with him in the Republic of Congo, one of either 11 siblings (according to Rachina) or 20-plus (according to Hilson) joining forces with the American woman who had played such a big part in his new life for two years now. A cherished member from his daunting past was serving as support with this special someone from his present, and the happy ending they had all hoped for to boot. "God and ice," Hilson said with a smile when asked how they did it. "God and ice." USA Today Sports

Rachina Ibaka lives in Oklahoma City now, and they're all one big happy family when Hilson comes to town. But when Hilson hopped a plane came straight from Atlanta in the days after Ibaka was injured back on May 15, the look on Serge's face said it all about how much work they had to do here. "As soon as I heard, I didn't feel comfortable being anywhere else," Hilson, who is based in Atlanta and Los Angeles and met Ibaka through a mutual friend, told USA TODAY Sports. "Even though he didn't say it, I knew he needed me. I needed to do anything I could to put a smile on his face. He didn't have a smile on his face all week. It was very hard. It was really hard. He's one of the most dedicated people I've ever seen in any field, one of the most dedicated people I've ever been able to witness. (Rachina) was as much his nurse as I was. She cooks. I do the TLC and cook a little bit. We had to be there for him." USA Today Sports

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