In recent San Antonio Spurs news, star wing DeMar DeRozan announced on IG Live that he’s matching former teammate Serge Ibaka’s donation to COVID-19 relief.
For as much as San Antonio Spurs fans claim DeMar DeRozan, part of him will always be a Toronto Raptor. Considering he was drafted there and spent nine seasons cultivating a winning culture in the North, his imprint will always linger on the city and it will always be a part of him.
NBA friendships don’t just disappear when someone gets traded, which is why it wasn’t surprising to see DeRozan make a guest appearance on his former teammate Serge Ibaka‘s Instagram Live feed on Wednesday. Ibaka, who hosts a light-hearted cooking show called How Hungry Are You? on YouTube, is now hosting an IG Live talent show called How Talented Are You?
Serge is hosting a talent show on IG Live right now. His foundation will donate $20K to COVID-19 relief in the winner’s city (the winner also gets a signed Ibaka jersey).
DeMar just crashed it and said he'll match Serge's $20K donation. Good stuff from a couple Raptor greats. pic.twitter.com/SMu9epIifg
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 8, 2020
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The catch is that the winner of the IG Live talent show is going to have $20,000 donated to COVID-19 relief from the Serge Ibaka Foundation. During the IG Live feed, DeRozan announced that he’s going to match Ibaka’s $20,000 donation to the respective city of that competition’s winner.
In yet another act of selflessness, DeRozan is proving why he’s one of the most caring, generous stars in the NBA today. Time and time again, DeRozan uses his time, voice and resources to help people be more comfortable, safe and healthy. By now, most of you know that DeRozan is one of the leading voices in normalizing the struggles with mental health issues amongst professional athletes, but he’s also working to normalize it in society as a whole.
Now, DeRozan is committing his own money to help out those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as one of the most harshly criticized professional athletes in the world today, DeRozan never lets that stop him from his greater goal of being a good, honest person.
We don’t know what DeRozan’s future holds as a $27.7 million player-option looms for this offseason following a disappointing season for San Antonio, but no matter what comes next, DeRozan will have the respect and admiration of the Spurs fanbase.