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Serge Ibaka becomes citizen of Spain

Updated: July 16, 2011, 7:10 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was granted Spanish nationality Friday, clearing the way for him to help Spain defend its European championship this summer.

"Spain is a country that has given me a lot," Ibaka said after Spain's Council of Ministers approved his petition for nationality. "It will be an honor to give Spain back all that it has given me on the court."

The 21-year-old was born in the Republic of Congo but played for Spanish clubs for three years before ...

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