The Toronto Raptors are simply days away from kicking off the 2019-2020 season and the workforce’s new primary participant, Pascal Siakam, says he’s enthusiastic about his new function.
Siakam, who had a breakout season final yr averaging 16.9 factors, 6.9 rebounds and three.1 assists per recreation, spoke to International Information on Thursday evening on the Proper to Play gala the place he was honoured with the Athlete Hero Award.
With Kawhi Leonard opting to signal with the Los Angeles Clippers within the low season, Siakam, coming off his NBA’s Most Improved Participant of the Yr award, stated he doesn’t see shouldering a lot of the burden of the workforce as strain.
“It’s one thing that I like to do and I show pride taking part in the sport of basketball. It’s simply an thrilling yr and numerous alternatives for lots of us with numerous younger guys moving into new roles,” he stated.
Siakam stated he additionally likes the workforce’s possibilities, including that they’re used to being the underdogs and believes they’ve the fitting steadiness which is able to assist the workforce go far.
“I like the place we’re. We’ve a very good group of fellows and I feel we have now an opportunity to combat for one thing. Clearly we all know the expertise is there and the veteran management is there, so we have now all the things that we want.”
Siakam additionally addressed the potential for signing a contract extension earlier than the Monday deadline with stories swirling that it’s virtually a certainty that the ahead will ink a brand new deal.
Whereas Siakam wouldn’t say for positive that he would signal a brand new deal earlier than Monday, he expressed his love for Toronto being an incentive to remain.
“Clearly folks that know me know the way I really feel about Toronto and the way I really feel about being right here so I’m excited even to have the chance to even signal one thing like that,” he stated. “So we’re simply gonna depart that to my workforce and the Raptors to determine it out.
“But it surely’s no secret I like being right here.”
The defending NBA champions will kick off their new season Tuesday evening once they host the New Orleans Pelicans at Scotiabank Enviornment. The workforce will obtain their rings and drop their championship banner forward of the sport.
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