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Serge Ibaka will miss Olympics

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Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka will not play for Spain at the Rio Olympics.

The Spanish basketball federation narrowed their list of finalists from 24 to 20 players on Monday, with Ibaka being one of the four cuts.

Olympic teams can have no more than one naturalized player, so either Ibaka or the Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic had to go. Mirotic stayed, after Ibaka said he didn’t want to play, according to Marca.

Brothers Pau and Marc Gasol and NBA guards Ricky Rubio and Jose Calderon are also on the 20-player list that must be cut to 12 for the Games. Marc had broken foot surgery Feb. 23 and is considered questionable at best for Rio.

“Marc is trying to recover, trying to see if he can arrive in time,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said earlier this month, according to FIBA. “Today, it’s too early to tell.”

Spain lost to the U.S. in the last two Olympic finals and could be a closer challenger this year, given the U.S. is without many of its best players.

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Gasol brothers lead Spain preliminary Olympic roster

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Brothers Pau and Marc Gasol are on Spain’s list of 24 possible players for its 12-man Olympic team, after Pau’s concerns about the Zika virus and Marc’s broken foot surgery Feb. 23.

“Marc is trying to recover, trying to see if he can arrive in time,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said earlier this week, according to FIBA. “Today, it’s too early to tell.”

Every Spanish NBA star is on the list, including 2012 Olympic silver medalists Serge Ibaka, Ricky Rubio and Jose Calderon, in addition to the Gasol brothers and potential first-time Olympian Nikola Mirotic of the Chicago Bulls.

Only one of Ibaka and Mirotic can compete in Rio due to the naturalized-player rule.

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