Kawhi Leonard Says He Came To Toronto With 'An Open Mind'

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Leonard's focus "is on this year, this group that I have and striving to get to a championship". I came here with an open mind.

Leonard's tenure in Toronto will be one of the most-followed National Basketball Association storylines this season.

In his Raptors introduction, Leonard unveiled a seldom-seen smile, a seldomer-heard laugh that was more hiccup than chortle and a deflection worthy of the great defender he is.

Leonard is expected to spend a year in Toronto before landing a spot at one of his goal teams, which was recently reported to include the Clippers or Lakers, if not the Raptors.

Leonard said. "Throughout the summer I worked on my body".




As to his time with the Spurs, Leonard said he didn't have any regrets, but didn't dive into the drama surrounding his exit. Leonard gave a short response before admitting he couldn't even tell which reporter in the room had asked the question, which cracked him up.

"I want to focus on this team, this journey that we have in front of us today and just spend it on present time and not look back", he said.

Those were his first words spoken since he was traded from the Spurs to the Raptors, although he was quick to add, "Obviously, I love the game of basketball".

But while that's pretty cool, the more important note from Raptors media day is that their new coach, Nick Nurse, expects Leonard to be healthy for the upcoming season. I mean, there's just more questions you'll have to ask me.

If Leonard of all people can say that loud and clear, who are we not to listen?

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