Ibaka uplifted by chance with Raps
Serge Ibaka flashed a wide smile, and said he is excited to play for a winner again.
The Toronto Raptors hope the newcomer can help turn them back into one.
Ibaka, who was acquired in Tuesday’s trade that sent Terrence Ross to Orlando, arrived at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday amid renewed optimism. The Raptors are hoping the athletic power forward can help pull them out of their worst slump in two seasons, while Ibaka is happy to be back with a team in the playoff race.
“For me it’s kind of going up again, going back in competition again and playing for something. I’m very excited,” said Ibaka.
It’s been down, down, down, however, for Toronto the past few weeks. Heading into Wednesday’s matchup against visiting Charlotte, the Raptors had lost 11 of 15 games. Without Ibaka in the lineup, Toronto rallied for a 100-95 comeback victory.