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Serge Ibaka thinks Spain can hang with the U.S.

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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Serge Ibaka doesn’t always know the right thing to say in English. He’s still got a sizable language barrier in terms of his English fluency. So whenever he speaks out on something, like he did about LeBron’s defensea few months ago and then apologized, calling it a mistake, you need to take it with a grain of salt. But nonetheless, Ibaka was asked about Spain’s Olympic team he’s playing for and how it stacks up against the US. Good news! According to Serge Ibaka, the U.S. is just as good as Spain! So that’s something to be proud of! From the AP:

“They are just like us, they also have players with a lot of talent,” the Oklahoma City power forward said Saturday in his first full day of training with the Spanish team. “They are a different team to 2008, but their players are still very good.”

via Ibaka: Spain’s talent matches Olympic favorites US - Sports- NBC Sports.

Well, that’s good to hear.

Spain is without arguably their best player in star Ricky Rubio who gave teams fits in the 2008 Olympics and impressed NBA players in the Gold Medal final. They also feature the Gasol brothers down low. Team USA’s one big described weakness is inside, without Dwight Howard. The team is wing-heavy but big-man light, especially withe Lamar Odom not joining the team.

With the star power left on Team USA, it’s difficult to see Spain beating them out for the Gold, but it appears they feel they are ready to step up and hang.