If you ever wondered why Serge Ibaka always refers to himself as “Ma Fuzzy,” you finally have your answer. The Raptor, who hosted the premiere of his original documentary film Anything Is Possible on Thursday night, revealed his reasoning behind the nickname during the Q and A part of the event.
Oh, and you might want to grab yourself a box of tissues because his answer was a real tearjerker. Seriously, it’s bad enough to make you cry.
“So, Ma Fuzzy is a word that I use, that’s where I come from, every time I would wake up and walk to go play basketball it used to be 2 to 3 hours of walking just to go play basketball and come back. On my way, I used to keep telling myself 'it's 93 degrees out here, you got no food in your stomach,' and I’d be hungry and want to go." The basketball player revealed.
"Still, I’d keep telling myself, 'you are a ma fuzzy man.' Ma fuzzy means a person who doesn’t give up, no more expectations, the only person who can stop you is you, right? So, I used to tell myself that I’m a ma fuzzy man, the only person who can stop me is me,” Ibaka continued after being questioned about the nickname.
Hey, @sergeibaka, why do you use 'Ma Fuzzy'? https://t.co/eEECMXY8Te— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors)1576205379.0
For those of you who might be unaware, Ibaka spent his youth living in the city of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo.
The developing country is in central Africa and has been plagued by a long history of violence but celebrated for its impeccable cuisine and music.
The NBA Champion was the youngest of 18 children born to his father, Desire Ibaka.
Squad's here to support Ma Fuzzy Man @sergeibaka for the screening of “Anything is Possible”. https://t.co/BoRYKngCs3— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors)1576204682.0
Ibaka has even admitted that he used to sit outside of restaurants and beg for leftovers.
Now the basketball legend isn't only an NBA champion, but also has his own cooking show.
The 30-year-old eventually made his way to France when he was 17 before relocating once again to Spain and beginning the basketball career that would lead him to Toronto.
Serge also recently became the face of Nobis, a Canadian parka company — talk about a journey.