Serge Ibaka- Professional Basketball Player

April 21, 2017
First published on:October 24, 2016
by HitBerry

Serge Ibaka is a Congolese-Spanish professional basketball player. Ibaka was born in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The 6ft 10 inches tall Serge currently plays for the Oklahoma city Thunder, National Basketball Association (NBA).

His salary for 2015/16 is $12,250,000. According his career stats on ESPN’s online page, he has played a total of 446 games in 2014-15.

Both his parents were basketball players and he is the third-youngest of the 18 children. His father played for the Congolese national team at the Republic of Congo and his mother played for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He moved to Spain at a young age and officially represents the country in international competitions.

He is one of only three active NBA players to have played for more than one national team. Born in the Republic of the Congo, he has played for the Republic of Congo youth team.

Scared by his mother’s death and his father's imprisonment in an during the Second Congo War, he started playing basketball at a young age using it as an escape from the traumas he faced in his life. He started his career with his first club Avenir du Rail.

At the age of 17, Serge moved to France. There he joined a second division basketball team. After a while he moved to Spain. He was granted Spanish citizenship on July 15, 2011.

He played with CB L'Hospitalet, a second division basketball team, with whom he won several tournaments. He was awarded with MVP award at the Reebok Eurocamp, in the year 2008, where he was noticed by NBA scouts.

He was quoted as, "athletically he's off the charts—there's no telling how good he can be" by one of the NBA scouts. He also learnt a new language; Spanish.

He was accolated with a gold medal in the Eurobasket 2011 for beating France by a 98–85 score. He also won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The athlete startled everyone with shocking revelation that he has a seven year old daughter. This startling truth had not come out until the release of his documentary, ‘Son of the Congo’. Apparently, even Serge didn’t know about his own daughter until she turned 5.

Serge has been dating ‘Knock You Down’ singer Keri Hilson for almost three years. The NBA star and his girlfriend split up for a brief time, around early 2014. The couple’s lovey-dovey pictures are all over Instagram!!

Even after they rekindled their romance, it seemed like some ladies didn’t quite get the message so, Singer Hilson went out and posted ‘Back off my man, because I ain’t the one’ on twitter to get the message through.

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