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Ibaka granted Spanish citizenship, will play in Eurobasket

Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

DENVER, CO - APRIL 23: Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder heads up court agaisnt the Denver Nuggets in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Serge Ibaka

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The front line of the Spanish national team already had the Gasol brothers, and it just got better.

Serge Ibaka — the Oklahoma City Thunder forward who was born in the Congo but played in Spain — has been granted Spanish citizenship and will play for the country in EuroBasket this summer, the event where spots in the 2012 Olympics will be decided.

The Associated Press says Ibaka “must swear loyalty to the Spanish crown and constitution to finalize the process.”

EuroBasket takes place in Lithuania and will begin on Aug. 31.

FIBA has launched its Olympics basketball Web site, where you can follow news leading up to the games. As you can at NBC’s Olympics web site.