Serge Ibaka: Transitioning to Euroleague Success after NBA Career

Euroleague – The former Thunder and Raptors center took a little time to readjust to the European game. But he is now on a hell of a pace!

Author of a miraculous 3-point shot to snatch overtime against Milan (before winning 91-84), after a match at 28 rating thanks to 20 points and 12 rebounds, Serge Ibaka (2m08, 34 years) is starting to find its cruising speed on the Old Continent. He was even elected MVP of the 11th day of the Euroleague, after an evening with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks for an evaluation record of 34 against Virtus Bologna.

Over a series of four games averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds in the Euroleague, for three straight victories for Bayern, the great Serge shows that he still has plenty left over, once the rehabilitation time has been digested.

“European basketball is much better [que quand je suis parti] »explains Serge Ibaka for BasketNews. “Sometimes in the NBA, you can relax a little on defense because there’s a guy playing one-on-one. Here, it’s not the same, you always have to be involved. »

Back in Europe after a great NBA career, 14 seasons long and crowned with this famous title with the Raptors in 2019, the interior with the Spanish passport returns to the Euroleague after having quickly tasted it in his debut with Real Madrid during the “lockout” of 2011 (for 6 games with 5 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes).

“European basketball has progressed enormously. It’s harder to play here than in the NBA. Because of the rules. I’m not talking about the individual level of the players, which is higher in the NBA. But in terms of collective basketball, it’s more difficult in Europe” continues Serge Ibaka. “The field is smaller, the rules are different and each game is almost as intense as a playoff game. »

2023-12-06 17:33:27
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