Ibaka nationalized by Spain, ready to play Euros

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has been
granted Spanish nationality, clearing the way for him to help Spain
defend its European championship this summer.
Ibaka must swear loyalty to the Spanish crown and constitution
to finalize the process after Spain's Council of Ministers approved
his petition for nationality on Friday.
The 21-year-old was born in the Republic of Congo but played for
Spanish clubs for three years before moving to the NBA in 2009.
According to Spanish media reports, he maintains a residence in
Ibaka can join Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol and brother
Marc of the Memphis Grizzlies in a formidable front court for
The Europeans begin on Aug. 31 in Lithuania.