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Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka visits with Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast with Woj.
Ibaka talks about his arrival in Toronto as the potential missing piece on an Eastern Conference championship contender, the run in Oklahoma City with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, his journey from the Congo and his summer free agency. All that and more on the The Vertical Podcast with Woj.
2:42: Ibaka’s brief stay in Orlando.
3:28: His long history with Masai Ujiri, dating back to when he was still in the Congo.
4:55: The Raptors wanting Ibaka to be a dominant defender and how the style of play in the league has changed in his career.
9:37: Expecting to win multiple titles with the Thunder.
10:26: Could the Thunder’s core have balanced their egos for the long term?
12:10: The hunger the Thunder had as a young team.
13:35: How painful it was to lose a 3-1 lead against the Warriors last season.
15:42: Balancing his personal goals with the team’s goals while with the Thunder.
18:50: Was Ibaka surprised when the Thunder traded him?
20:16: Westbrook being the only core member still with the Thunder and Ibaka’s reaction to Durant’s departure.
24:30: How his daughter has changed his life.
28:17: His daughter’s transition from Africa to living in the United States.
30:22: His priorities entering unrestricted free agency for the first time.
31:35: Ibaka’s journey from Africa to Europe to the NBA.
39:08: What gave Ibaka hope that he could succeed as a basketball player?
42:02: Using his foundation to improve the infrastructure in the Congo, particularly to increase the education opportunities.
48:43: The Raptors viewing Ibaka as the piece to push them over the top.