Raptors’ Serge Ibaka says he’s going into ‘self quarantine’
Self quarantine ready. Everybody be careful, listen to the experts and stay safe 🙏 pic.twitter.com/mukdtzp7QQ
— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka) March 14, 2020
Ibaka and the rest of his Raptors teammates were being tested for coronavirus after playing the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Ibaka guarded Utah center Rudy Gobert–who tested positive–for the majority of that contest. But his tests came back negative, per Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Toronto’s Serge Ibaka has tested negative for coronavirus, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Ibaka defended Rudy Gobert throughout Jazz-Raptors game Monday, leading to testing of Toronto players Wednesday night.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 14, 2020
Ibaka is not alone in quarantine. In fact, just about every player in the NBA has been instructed to remain home as much as possible.
These are drastic times, and the league (and players) are taking drastic measures to ensure health and safety. As can be seen in the above clip, Ibaka appears to be stocking up on necessities via Amazon deliveries.
Ibaka has been one of Toronto’s more productive frontcourt players yet again this year. The 11-year veteran was averaging a career-high 16.0 points to go along with 8.3 rebounds through his first 50 games. He also shot close to 40 percent from beyond the arc on 3.3 attempts per game.
Aside from his excellent play, Ibaka has become renowned for his pregame attire, most notably his scarf collection.
From banging in the post to donning some of the largest scarves Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has ever seen, Ibaka is helping Toronto retain some of their championship swagger from last season.
The Raptors are currently holding down the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Ibaka appears ready to do whatever it takes to remain healthy for the final stretch should play continue in the near future.