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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka to be awarded with Kia Community Assist Award

Ibaka will be presented with the award at an upcoming playoff game. On behalf of Ibaka, Kia and the NBA will donate $10,000 to the US Fund for UNICEF.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 21, 2014
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The Thunder’s Serge Ibaka has already pledged $315,000 to a UNICEF project for the renovation and expansion of two orphanages in his hometown of Brazzaville, Congo.

But more money is on the way, because one of the league’s best shot-blockers is donating $500 more for every one of his blocks this postseason.

And because of this generous act, Ibaka has received the April Kia Community Assist Award, which recognizes chartable efforts across the league.

“It was my dream when I was young to help those orphanages,” Ibaka said in a release. “My mom died when I was seven and I know how hard it is for those kids in the street, how they live, what they need, so that is why I want to work with UNICEF to do the best I can to help them.”

Ibaka will be presented with the award at an upcoming playoff game. On behalf of Ibaka, Kia and the NBA will donate $10,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

BENO UDRIH SURPRISES

On paper, the backup point guard battle in this series — Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson against Memphis’ Beno Udrih — is a severe mismatch.

And it played out that way on Monday night. But not the way you’d expect.

Udrih effectively played the role of random Thunder killer, dropping 14 points (or the same amount as the entire Thunder bench) in 14 minutes on 6-of-8 shooting.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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