For me, at that point, when I started to be that person, I just felt like there wasn’t a lot of communication level, to be honest. And that’s really the only thing I felt. It was like, “We got you the maximum contract, but are you the guy?” I think this is something I was struggling with.
What do you mean?
Obviously, Kyle was there, being a point guard. Kyle has always been to me the greatest Raptor of all time. I think he always said, “I was the guy.” I had the contract, but I never really felt like I was the guy, to be honest.
You wanted them to say, “You know, here’s the maximum contract. You are the guy. You are the centerpiece that will take us to the rehearsal championship. “
Yes. I never really felt like there was that. And I think these conversations are happening now.
Commercial rumors are part of business. But there must be a part of you after this season that said, “Whoa, I won a championship for you guys. I have become an All-Star. Is there a human side of you that’s like, “Dude, is this screwed up?” “
Yes. I think it is. Absoutely. And I think that’s something I’m probably going to have a hard time with. You know? And I even think just like the negativity about my name. For me it was weird. Because I’m like “Shit”. I am such a positive person, people who know me. People see my story, understand where I’m from and everything I’ve been able to accomplish so far in my career. It’s always been about positivity, isn’t it? It’s always like the good stuff. “How can you hate this person”.
Coming to Toronto, I always felt like it was a perfect mix. Me and Toronto have always been perfect because, okay, I’m international, I love the diversity of being in Toronto. I understand being an outsider. Toronto always feels like it’s that kind of underrated city. People always feel like they are never respected by the American media in general.