From the basketball court to his wardrobe, Serge Ibaka’s talents know no bounds. So with lots of time on his hands, the Toronto Raptors big man put a call out to his Instagram followers this week, inviting fans to participate in a talent show on Instagram Live.
“Can you sing? Are you a beatmaker? Do you do art? Are you a baller? What kind of talent do you have?” Ibaka asked his followers. “While we are all social distancing and in quarantine, I’d like to bring positivity and reward talent and creativity.”
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Ibaka invited fans to participate by DM’ing a video showing a special talent. Contestants will be selected and perform on Instagram Live.
The Congolese basketball star said he will donate $20,000 to help combat COVID-19 in the winner’s city or region. The winner will also receive a signed #9 Ibaka jersey.
Ibaka says he will run the talent show every other day at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT, with the first edition taking place today.
Midway through today’s inaugural competition, Ibaka was paid a visit by former Raptors teammate DeMar DeRozan.
After Ibaka demanded that DeRozan sing for everyone, the former Raptors star had another idea… But not before teasing his old buddy.
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“I’m going to help with the charity too, how about that?” said DeRozan, adding that he’ll match Ibaka’s $20,000 donation.
DeRozan also said that he’s going to help judge the next round.