Serge Ibaka is great! He had a triple-double (14 points, 15 rebounds, 11 blocks) last night in the Thunder's 124-118 overtime win over the Nuggets. But the Worldwide Leader, reader Morgan writes in, is shortchanging Ibaka's around-the-world origin.
Look at his listed birthplace: "Brazzaville, Zaire." Huh. Keen observers will note that Zaire hasn't been called Zaire since 1997, when Mobutu Sese Seko (no, not that one) fled. It's the Democratic Republic of the Congo now. But, OK, ESPN lists the defunct Czechoslovakia as the birthplace of Czech and Slovak players. So not too bad?