Raptors Media Day


NBA Championship Buzz the Theme Around Toronto Raptors Media Day

The NBA champs are in the building!

On Saturday morning, the Toronto Raptors had their championship edition Media Day and the buzz around the team is very much still alive. Championship Summer seems too have transitioned into championship Fall as the entire organization remains incredibly confident heading into the upcoming season. Despite the subtractions of Danny Green and of course Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors are still a savvy bunch, understanding of their mission to defend their title, and excited to show the entire league that they are still very much a part of NBA’s elite.

They are ready to compete and they are certain that they are capable of repeating as champions.

“We’re excited about the flexibility that we’re going to have in the future – picks, young players – and we go from there,” Ujiri said.

“I think the expectations always in sports is to win,” he continued. “We play sports to win. There’s nothing else… Rebuild, blah blah blah. You play sports to win. It’s that simple. I think our guys are up for the challenge.”

Meanwhile, Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry who Ujiri claimed owns “legacy status” in the city of Toronto is entering his walk year, but remains focused on the team, as opposed to his upcoming free agency.

“Not really worried about the free agency thing,” Lowry said. “My representation is talking to them, nothing’s been taken care of. It’s an ongoing conversation but for me, it’s just going out there and doing my job like I’ve always been, be professional and lead the best I can like I’ve always done.”

In terms of new contracts, it appears as though the Raptors and Pascal Siakam are working toward a max extension which is expected to be done prior to the October 21 deadline. Set to enter his fourth year, Siakam is coming into the new campaign as confident as ever.

“I think for me it’s just looking back at last season and looking at things I didn’t do well. Working on every facet of my game, trying to be a complete player,” Siakam said. “For me, I think that’s ball-handling, obviously, there will be more opportunity, that means having the ball more, so taking care of the ball and be able to be a playmaker is going to help.

“Obviously, shooting and mid-range and being able to handle the ball. For me, it’s mostly that, like being able to handle the ball and obviously shooting, which we already know.”

With an interesting mix of veteran and young players, the Raptors are definitely in for another exciting season. With Masai Ujiri and head coach Nick Nurse at the helm, it would be foolish to count out the reigning NBA champions.

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