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Clippers Surge Ibaka walks the ramp at the G League

Clippers coach Tyrone Lew wanted to clarify something last week: He Serge did not send Ibaka to the G League.

No, Ibaka herself asked for the assignment.

The NBA champion and three-time All-Defensive team selection did something most seasoned players wouldn’t even consider: Inspired by a book he was reading, “Ego is the Enemy,” Ibaka told the Clippers that he The rep along with the leader wanted the Caliente Clippers of Ontario.

“Sometimes, as a player, we think about what people think of us or what people say,” said Ibaka, who missed 30 games last season due to illness. and then played just two postseason games before back surgery in June.

This season he played only two games with the NBA Clippers, averaging only seven minutes, after being cleared to return before raising a hand and asking if he could go down for the spell.

It’s been a brief, beneficial ramp-up of what he expects to be with the lead Caliente Clippers home opener against the Oklahoma City Blue at Toyota Arena in Ontario on Thursday, to hear him say at a Zoom video conference on Wednesday. will end. That game begins at 7 p.m., as the NBA Clippers game nears its finale nationwide in Memphis.

“It’s kind of funny, I saw some comment, people were making fun of me; They don’t understand,” said the 32-year-old multilingual, multi-talented center from the Republic of Congo, who has faced too many challenges to make it to the NBA.

“(But) I think a lot of players can use this example if you sit outside for a long time. If you’re Kavi (Leonard) or Kevin Durant or Stephen Curry, people like that. They can sit there for three years and they’re going to come back, they’re going to give them minutes, they’re going to try and give them their confidence. Get it… But if you’re not one of those people with those names, sometimes you have to work on your own to gain your confidence because no one is going to give you that.

“So, listen, if I’m Kevin Durant I can sit out for two years and come back and I’ll play. If you’re Serge Ibaka you’ve got to work your way. No one’s going to give you that.”

“It’s been like this from my first day in the league, and that’s one of the reasons I’m still in the league after 13 years, because it helped me, motivated me to work harder.”

And Ibaka said that she worked as hard as she could during the off-season, doing everything possible to rehabilitate her back and prepare for this season, “to prepare herself, to be in shape, to be strong, to be healthy.” ” But something was lacking, something irreversible.

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“The only thing I’ve missed is to actually play,” he said. “to play basketball.”

The 6-foot-10 veteran had the opportunity to play the game in three outings with the now-leading Caliente team – 26.3 minutes – and 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocked shots.

“There’s nothing like playing basketball,” Ibaka said of her first G League stint. “The cool thing about it is that I’m playing with a lot of young people out there. Just being able to help them, communicate with them, it’s fun.

“It’s like another experience, I’m also learning to be patient, because those guys – they’re still young. They still have a lot to learn about playing basketball, so it’s made me learn to be patient at the same time, Forced to work hard. It’s just a good experience.”

Agua Caliente coach Paul Hewitt said Ibaka is not the only one who has benefited from his time with the team.

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