Serge Ibaka took time out after one of his summer workouts to answer some questions from Bleacher Report senior writer Jared Zwerling, talking about his calf injury, what the Thunder learned from losing to the Spurs (Ibaka called the Spurs' way "The perfect way to play," and working on his game this summer.
ON HIS INJURY
B/R: What was the hardest part during the recovery?
SI: The hard part is it was the playoffs, and I had to sit down for almost 10 days and not do anything. You take 10 days off and then also you're not 100 percent yet. I was out of shape and I was only playing with really one leg when I returned, so it was tough.
B/R: So how are you feeling now?
SI: I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better. I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time.
ON THE SPURS
B/R: Regardless of the injury, what did you guys learn from losing to the Spurs?
SI: When we played them, we learned that we still have room to grow. We have to defend first and then focus on offense. We need to make sacrifices on our team to beat them, 100 percent. We cannot give 80, 90 percent, or we'll go home.
Ibaka goes on to talk about his offensive game ("I don't have any expectations, but I work on my offensive game just to be ready") and the misconceptions that the Thunder needs more low-post scoring ("In our offense, we don't need to low post. We like to move, attack and kick, since we have (Kevin) Durant and (Russell) Westbrook.")
Ibaka has also been working out with Team Spain in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.
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