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It’s a new day in Toronto and it starts with new acquisition, an All-Star forward by the name of Kawhi Leonard.
So how does Leonard feel about all of this?
“Right now, I’m feeling great,” Leonard told reporters.
Leonard came over in the trade with the San Antonio Spurs, a deal that shipped out All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan. It still remains to be seen when Leonard is ready to put on a uniform for anything other than media day.
It also remains to be seen if he will stay in Toronto for more than a year. He dropped no hints about that actual topic.
“Focus is on this year, this group that I have and striving to get to a championship,” Leonard said. “We all want to win and if you’re looking in the future you’re going to trip over the present.”
He played just nine games for the Spurs last season with a mysterious quad injury. But Leonard insisted he has “no regrets” about his time in San Antonio and is ready move forward with his new squad — which just happens to also have a new coach in former assistant Nick Nurse.
The Raptors also happened to finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference without Leonard last year, winning a franchise-record 59 games.
Kawhi speaks for the first time… 🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/J3B92tC0Gj
— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) September 24, 2018
Now, it’s hard to tell how far they will go, how happy Leonard is, how this will all work out. But for starters, the good news is Leonard appears happy with his new surroundings.
“I’m a fun guy,” Leonard told reporters. “Obviously, I love the game of basketball, but there are more questions that you would have to ask in order for me to tell you about myself. I just can’t give you a whole spiel.”
One serious question about the Leonard addition surrounded Raptors star point guard Kyle Lowry. He was especially close with DeRozan and reportedly not thrilled DeRozan was traded. But Lowry insisted he’s very much looking forward to playing with Leonard.
“Excited to play with him,” Lowry told reporters. “Always ride or die with my teammates.”
It’s just one day, media day. But for the Raptors, it was a good day, a day that made it appear everyone is good with starting again.