Imagine the challenges of raising 18 kids. Now imagine trying to raise 18 children in the middle of the war-torn Republic of Congo. Ibaka and his family fled their home and Serge was forced to live with this grandmother in a home without running water or electricity.
The war cost Ibaka his mother, and his father was jailed, but Serge managed to survive. He used basketball as an escape from the horrors around him. At 17 he moved to Spain to play professionally. Just two years later he was drafted into the NBA.