TAG: Spain

GIFs, Overseas, Video / Aug 26, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Watch Serge Ibaka’s Brute Block & Alley-Oop Jam

Serge Ibaka

The last we saw Serge Ibaka, he was coming back from a calf strain before Game 3 to help the OKC Thunder even the Western Conference Finals before losing in six to the eventual champion Spurs. He did pop up with Spain this summer on the receiving end of this delectable Rudy Fernandez feed, and that’s why we’re again talking about the Congolese-Spanish shot-blocker that’s like an albatross hovering near the rim for opponents. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Latest News / Aug 21, 2014 / 8:45 pm

Video: Ricky Rubio Thwarts 2-On-1 Break, Finishes Coast-To-Coast Layup

Ricky Rubio

These are the days before the biggest days of Ricky Rubio’s heretofore wayward career. The one-time prodigy has reached a basketball roundabout at 23 years-old, and which route he takes from here could ultimately decide his hoops legacy. Will Rubio lead hometown Spain to gold at the FIBA World Cup? Will he become the new face of the Minnesota Timberwolves? And will he make good on the incredible promise he showed as a teenager by becoming a star in the NBA? It speaks to the divisive nature of Rubio’s game and his potential that multiple answers to each question seem so possible. If they’re to be responded to affirmatively, though, plays like the one he made in Spain’s exhibition against Croatia will have to become much more commonplace. Read More »

Video / Sep 18, 2013 / 5:15 pm

Watch Marc Gasol Sidearm A Full-Court Assist As Spain Blows Out Serbia In EuroBasket 2013

SpainGasol

The FIBA EuroBasket 2013 is winding down, and two-time defending champion Spain seems to be hitting their highwater mark at just the right time. The Marc Gasol-led squad trounced Serbia in the quarterfinals 90-60. The other quarterfinal just finished up, with France beating host country Slovenia 72-62 behind Tony Parker‘s 27 points. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Overseas / Sep 6, 2013 / 11:30 am

Watch Highlights From Slovenia’s Upset Of Spain In EuroBasket 2013

Slovenia

Slovenia is hosting the FIBA EuroBasket 2013, so it stands to reason their players would be jacked to play in front of their hometown. Defending champion Spain found out the hard way last night. Read More »

Overseas / Sep 5, 2013 / 10:45 am

The Top 5 Plays From The First Day of EuroBasket 2013

EuroBASKET

The first day of the FIBA EuroBasket to decide the top team in Europe tipped-off yesterday in Slovenia as Spain looks to win their third consecutive gold in the annual event. There were some upsets yesterday, and we’ve got the top five plays from the first day since NBA training camps are still more than four weeks away. Read More »

Smack / Aug 12, 2012 / 12:00 am

Dwight Howard Has A New Rival; Team USA Plays For Gold Today

DeMarcus Cousins

Back in the day, fierce rivalries amongst the baddest big men in the game were warranted, and universally expected. Chuck could talk smack to Karl Malone about how much better he was. Shaq hated on David Robinson, and went out to turn him into a human pinball whenever they matched up. Hakeem went at the Admiral when he felt disrespected during the 1995 Western Conference Finals. And Bill Laimbeer just wanted to cheap shot everybody. It was a different era back then, and most would argue it made for more interesting basketball, more drama. Nowadays, everyone is teaming up, and with so many NBA players first meeting each other at earlier ages and then practically growing up together on the court, rivalries are scarce. As far as big men go, Andrew Bynum is probably the largest wild card, only because of the increasingly weird Andrew Bynum things he does. So we think we’re speaking for most fans when we say thank God for DeMarcus Cousins. Read More »

Smack / Aug 8, 2012 / 10:17 pm

Team USA Runs Australia Off The Floor; C.J. Miles Finds A Team

Kobe, LeBron, KD and Deron Williams Team USA

So Team USA has found their groove. It goes something like this: mess around for a few quarters, and then get one of their guys – preferably Carmelo, Durant or Kobe – hot and watch them drop bombs video game-style from the perimeter. It worked against their last few opponents, and they did it again yesterday in their 119-86 shellacking of Australia in the first medal round game. Team USA took an 11-0 Aussie run to the chin to start the second half, and we actually had a somewhat competitive game through three quarters. Then, the Yanks went on a 45-20 run to end the game, and it started with Kobe Bryant … Read More »

Olympics, Video / Jul 25, 2012 / 10:30 am

Video: Kevin Durant Hits His Head On The Rim Against Spain

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant only scored 13 points in Team USA’s big win yesterday over Spain. But 10 of them came during a stretch at the start of the second half when the Yanks turned a relatively close game into a 21-point lead. No one really knows how hard Spain was going during that second half, but all you need is this highlight to tell you KD was into it. He takes a pass from Chris Paul and finishes with a flush in the lane, getting up so high he rocks his forehead on the rim. Read More »

Smack / Jul 24, 2012 / 12:05 am

Spain Playing Possum; Dwight Howard May Stay In Orlando

Team USA

Much of Spain’s talented roster has spent significant time in the NBA. They know mind games when they see them, and more importantly, they know how to play them. Of course, none of them are as affluent in playing possum as Gregg Popovich or Phil Jackson are. But that’s beside the point. They just have to be somewhat believable, and in an event like the Olympics where so much is on the line in so little time, that can make a Boris Diaw-sized difference. The two best teams in the Olympics square off today at 4:30 ET on ESPN2, and while it’s only an exhibition, it feels like so much more. Read More »

NBA, Olympics / Jul 17, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Kobe Bryant Has Talked Olympic Trash To Pau Gasol Since 2008

Kobe Bryant

It’s true about Kobe Bryant and any superstar of the game: Show them a soft spot in your game and they’ll attack it relentlessly. Bryant has proved it not only during NBA play, but in the Olympics, as well. According to a story in Monday’s Los Angeles Times from Mark Medina, the Lakers’ star has constantly needled Spanish centerpiece Pau Gasol about the U.S. victory over Spain to win the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I’m guessing it’s in a good natured but seriously, remember when we beat you for gold? kind of way. Gasol can’t even get in a word with a Spanish teammate without Bryant dropping the hint that you know, they lost. Read More »