Serge Ibaka Rumors

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Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
Position: F
Born: 09/18/89
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $23,271,604
Over time, Ibaka has observed, learned and emerged as a more refined player, if not an entirely changed one. “I don’t know if you remember me coming here, I was just running and blocking shots,” says Ibaka. “Now I can do a little bit more stuff because of (the changes). You’ve got a centre like Marc with the way he plays, the style he plays, it matches perfectly with the team. As another player, I’m like, “I like that. I need to learn from that, too.’”
Ibaka had played a key role on good teams prior to arriving in Toronto. He reached the NBA Finals with the Thunder in 2012. Perhaps that is why he is not often cited as another successful byproduct of the Raptors player development system. But he should be. “You come here as a vet and you see the way they develop those players, and you get to play with those players, too. …They developed (those skills) from working out,” says Ibaka. “And the style of the game changed, too. You have to adapt to it. As a player, you have to adapt to it. If you want to have a role here, you have to develop, too, if you want to play with those young fellas that have talent. That’s where everything comes from. It helped me adapt my game.”