The Toronto Raptors players had a lot to say during the season-ending media availability. Catch up on the full unedited comments from each of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas, Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vasquez.
“I want to be happy, I want to win,” Lowry said. “But, it’s something me and my agent have to talk about, but I know I want to win and that’s important to me.
“I love this place. I love this situation. It is as simple as that. The best 14 other guys I have had in a locker room in my career.”
“I’ve built a relationship with (Coach) Casey,” Ross said. “He’s been a great coach. He has taught me a lot, especially when it comes to defense. I give him a lot of credit for how I play on the court.”
“I didn’t say that,” DeRozan responded. “I didn’t say (Kyle Lowry) was (re-signing). I didn’t say he wasn’t. I just said I wasn’t worried about it.”
“I just feel like we have been in it together,” said Johnson. “We definitely grinded it out to get to where we are now, it’s just been an amazing journey. We can keep working, keep continuing to get better. We have been sticking together to get better and better every year. Of course we’ve been through the ups and downs, but it’s just great to see how we have improved.”
“This group of guys, it wasn’t just a team, it was like a family,” Jonas Valanciunas said. “It is really important to keep the same attitude, keep the same in the locker room.”
“This was my first time being on a team where everybody accepted their roles, where everybody was per se happy,” Patterson said. “This was my first time being in a positive environment where everybody was supporting one another.”
“I remember one time I came into the office and we had a talk,” Vasquez said. “(Coach Casey’s) talk with me was very inspirational because he was talking about when he won a championship with Dallas. He even showed me his ring, the championship ring. This guy did so much and really got us right. As a leader, you got to give him a lot of credit. He did a great job. I think he got better throughout the season, we gradually got better and the coaching staff was great.”
The City Of Toronto Shows It’s Love For The Raptors
The City of Toronto led by Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly declared Monday as ‘Raptors Day’ to thank the NBA club for its incredible season as described by Vernon Chang (MoVernie) from the scene. “As I walked over to the Nathan Phillips Square, I saw the main stage was set up near the entrance of City Hall,” Chang said. “A flag bearer came out with the Canadian Flag followed by Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, some City councillors, Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey, Greivis Vasquez and Raptors famous mascot.”