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Congolese-Spanish Baller Serge Ibaka poses Nude for ESPN Mag, Opens Up about Growing Up in Congo

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In June, we all got the first look at ESPN Magazine‘s Body Issue for 2014 with tennis champion Venus Williams posing nude. If you missed it, click here.

The sports magazine has unveiled its official cover, as well as more editorial photos.

Congolese-Spanish NBA baller  Serge Ibaka bares it all on the cover with his athletic body in the air as he aims for a net.

Keri Hilson‘s beau spoke about fitness, choosing basketball instead of football, playing basketball in Congo, injury and his drive.

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On the first moment he played basketball: “It was in the Congo. I think I was like 7 or 8. My mom and dad played basketball too, so my dad was always asking me to come to see him play. So one day one of the guys who was playing with my dad, he said, “Hey, let me teach you something.” So he took an empty bottle of water and was using it as a ball and he said, “OK, take one step and do two and then jump — that’s all it is.” I went back home, and all night I was doing it. All night. That’s all I could think about. Even in the bathroom, I’m brushing my teeth and I start doing this. That’s where everything started.”

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On his father pushing him to become a basketball player: “In Africa, when you’re a kid, every kid loves to play soccer, and I loved playing soccer. But my dad didn’t want me playing soccer. He would joke, “C’mon, man, you’re too tall!” Then he promised me, “If you start playing basketball, I’m going to give you my jersey.” That’s one of my favorite things from my dad is his old jersey. He played with No. 9, too. That’s where I get my number from.”

On Keri Hilson’s reaction during injury: “It was not easy, that game, man. When I came back the first game, I was scared a little bit. My girlfriend was scared; she was thinking I was just going to play because of media pressure. And then my sister tells me, “I can’t believe you are trying to play today, and yesterday you couldn’t walk!” I said “Listen, whatever happens happens, but I need to be out there with my teammates.”

Meanwhile, here are some new photos of Venus Williams’ shoot for the magazine.
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Photo Credit: ESPN

16 Comments

  1. BA

    July 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Hello Man!

  2. Mademoiselle

    July 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Bad belle photography. Hmm…lol

  3. yummy

    July 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Total sexual exploitation of the black race by white people. When will we ever love ourselves enough as black people.

    • NaijaPikin

      July 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      What are you talking about? ESPN does this every year and includes male and female athletes from different races.

      Geeze black pple and claiming victim fit tire person.

    • Mercy

      July 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Jesus!!!Must we turn everything to the negative!?? Chai!Michael Phelps,a white athlete was part of the nudes to,OK?Nothing racist bout it my fellow Nigerian.

    • Mercy

      July 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Oh Lord,thank you for the gift of this pics…lol!I feel alive this evening. Damn!…now I’m sadly having impossible daydreams…. I go old!hehe.Serge Ibaka!Serge Ibaka!

    • Anon

      July 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Dumb comment.

      Check out Tomas Berdych. His own pics are off the chain.

    • maria

      July 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      what on earth are you talking about. get you facts right before you type. seriously? the body issue is not only African and African Americans in their birthday suit it includes almost all athletes including whites. please let know what is been discussed before we comment

  4. Gistyinka Blog

    July 8, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Why is ESPN always make fun of sportsman for being naked don the front page magazine.

  5. @edDREAMZ

    July 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    If yu got it flaunt it…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  6. nene

    July 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    serge, serge, serge! diaris God oh. i think i’ll marry a congolese man. joseph benjamin, this is a body!

  7. baboushka

    July 8, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Madame whitenicious Dencia used to mess with him way before he got with Keri Hilson #FrenchAfricanconnectiontings

  8. laila

    July 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Their bodies tho….Dang

  9. Melinda Kalenga Ilunga

    July 9, 2014 at 3:34 am

    yeah that’s what’s up, I’m proud of him,he want the whole nation to know that, that body is from Congo RDC no matter who’s today,but he realize the beauty of Congo males ,I’m 100% proud to be Congolese queen, I couldn’t ask for a better country but Congo RDC ,love & miss Congo RDC,

    • sheylalova

      August 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Serge is from Congo Brazzaville born and grow up in ouenze

  10. Person

    July 9, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Lord have mercy *fans self*

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