But one recent dinner will be memorable for a deeply personal reason.
Ibaka, 29, brought the NBA championship trophy to the Republic of the Congo over the weekend.
The Raptors centre tweeted that 15 years ago, he used to beg for food outside a restaurant. He returned to the same restaurant to eat a full meal along with his dinner companion — the Larry O’Brien trophy.
“Sometimes life is like a movie and this script is written by God only… #anythingispossible,” Ibaka tweeted Monday.
The video on Ibaka’s Twitter account shows him eating a meal, with the trophy sitting on the bar beside him, surrounded by admirers and a film crew.
Players around the NBA applauded him, including his teammates as well as Houston Rockets superstar James Harden.
“That’s right bro, run your Laps!!!,” Harden tweeted.
Ibaka, who was born in Brazzaville, spent the weekend showing the trophy to kids.
“Showing the new Congolese generations the success of winning the NBA Championship would mean nothing if I don’t inspire them to dream big and understand that anything is possible. #brazzaville #congo #anythingispossible,” Ibaka tweeted.
Ibaka moved to Spain in 2007 and was drafted in the first round (24th overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics the next year.
The Larry O’Brien trophy has been on an interesting journey this summer with the Raptors — Nigeria with Masai Ujiri, Montreal (Chris Boucher), San Diego (Norman Powell) as well as the OVO concert with Drake in Toronto among other places.
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Patrick Ho is a rewrite editor working on the Star’s digital desk in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @patrick_ho_007