All About LA Lakers Star Mo Bamba: His NBA Journey, Dates, Net Worth & More

Basketball player Mo Bamba is the latest addition to the star-studded Lakers squad. His selection further strengthened the team in the presence of bigwigs LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Standing seven feet tall and with a wingspan of 7’10”, Bamba could be one of the best in the business in the coming times. Pundits are already hailing him as an excellent defensive fit for the team.

The personal life of Mo Bamba

Mo Bamba, 24, was born as Mohamed Karlakwan Damala Bamba on May 12, 1998, in Harlem, New York, to Lancine Bamba and Aminata Johnson, emigrants from the Ivory Coast. He comes from a family of two brothers and three sisters, although he has never met two of his sisters. The love for basketball runs in the family as his brother, Sidiki Johnson, played the game at the college level in Arizona, Providence and Wabash Valley. His other brother, Ibrahim Johnson, also played college basketball at Farmingdale State and Montevallo.

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Beginning of his basketball career

The LA Lakers star first played basketball at the age of six, which eventually led him to Westtown School in Westtown, Pennsylvania. It was there that he rose to fame as an outstanding high school basketball player, earning him a spot in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit.

With his sensational performances in high school, Bamba was recognized as a five-star recruit and received offers from big-name schools like Kentucky, Duke, Texas, and Michigan. However, he ultimately chose to attend the University of Texas at Austin. He played in the 2017-18 season at Texas. In 30 games, he averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game. His excellent performance helped him earn his spot on the All-Newcomer Team and the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Additionally, he was selected as a member of the All-Big 12 Second Team.

His NBA career

After one season of college basketball, Bamba was selected for the 2018 NBA Draft as the sixth overall pick by the Orlando Magic. He has established himself as a reliable backup center who can defend the rim and space the floor. He then signed a two-year, $21 million deal with the Magic in the offseason, but was eventually traded to Los Angeles.

He played 266 games in five seasons with Orlando and averaged 7.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 bpg, and 0.93pg. He shot 47.7% and 36.0% from deep. In two games with the Lakers, Bamba is averaging 7.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg, and 1.0 3pg on 33.3 percent shooting.

The love life of Mo Bamba

There have been media reports linking Bamba to a woman named Ibby Fischer who lives in Shanghai and that the pair are in a long distance relationship. However, with no confirmation from the LA Lakers star, it won’t be accurate to label Fischer as his partner based on unconfirmed speculation alone.

Mo Bamba’s net worth

Mo Bamba’s estimated net worth for his basketball career is around $5 million as of 2023. He is also recognized for his philanthropic work through his foundation called ‘The Mo Bamba Foundation’. He has used part of his earnings to help the needy and one of his recent charitable endeavors was the unveiling of a new basketball facility at the SOS Village of Abobo-Gare in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. , in August. The facility was built to serve over 200 children each day.

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