DeMar DeRozan, gone from the 6ix but not forgotten. As Serge Ibaka's talent show got underway on his Instagram Live on Wednesday, April 8, an old friend unexpectedly popped up. DeRozan decided to crash the party and even pledged to match Ibaka's donation of $20,000 to COVID-19 relief.
With most people spending their days indoor right now, Ibaka decided to team up with Ouenze Entertainment to create "How Talented Are You?"
While contestants joined Ibaka on IG Live for the virtual audition stage on Wednesday, there was one hell of a bonus in store for die-hards.
Viewers were thrilled to catch Deebo begging to join in on the fun as the show got going, and the San Antonio Spurs man did indeed check in partway through.
"DeMar just crashed it and said he'll match Serge's $20K donation. Good stuff from a couple Raptor greats," tweeted TSN's Josh Lewenberg.
And he wasn't the only one paying attention.
The moment was captured and shared online as DeMar and Serge got reacquainted. Virtually, at least.
"Whatever donation you make to the winner, I'll match it alright?" says DeMar during the IG Live.
Ibaka seemed almost as shocked to hear from DeRozan as we were.
He thanked his buddy, though, and promised he'd share the details about the winner later on.
The virtual hook-up is just the latest instance of DeRozan repping his former teammates.
The moment was just too great, and fans were quick to reiterate that DeRozan still has "Toronto Legend" status.
@DeMar_DeRozan Loves #Toronto Toronto loves Deebo! https://t.co/KonrRMgii8— That's A Rap Podcast (@That's A Rap Podcast)1586384012.0
yall demar is on serge's how talented are you ig live hahaha IMM DEAD— ✨just vibes✨ (@✨just vibes✨)1586381426.0
DeMar DeRozan randomly showing up on Serge Ibaka's instagram live talent show and saying he'll match Serge's donati… https://t.co/Ro9uOBlAN4— Chloé (@Chloé)1586381952.0
"Yeah, @DeMar_DeRozan is forever legend status in Toronto. You ain't a real fan if you never saw that or see it now," reads a tweet.
"DeMar DeRozan randomly showing up on Serge Ibaka's instagram live talent show and saying he'll match Serge's donation to the winner's region to help fight coronavirus," reads another tweet.
Yeah, @DeMar_DeRozan is forever legend status in Toronto. You ain't a real fan if you never saw that or see it now. https://t.co/Z2b7uYkwJk— Sebastian Suave (@Sebastian Suave)1586382921.0
My 💗! @DeMar_DeRozan you are incredible human being 🙌 https://t.co/uNa6ubjL4Z— Obsession much (@Obsession much)1586384825.0
DeRozan's been taking time during self-isolation to check in with several of his Toronto pals, in fact.
A couple of weeks ago, he popped up to take a dig at BFF Kyle Lowry's age as KLow turned 34. Or was it 39?
And just last week, Deebo and Pascal Siakam got all in their feels over IG Live, too.
So, there you have it.
You can take the man out of Toronto...