Spurs turning page from season of Leonard drama

Kawhi Leonard makes first appearance in Raptors jersey, expected to be ready for season

How long he stays in Toronto is unclear but the former NBA Finals MVP and two-time defensive player of the year who was limited to nine games last season because of a right quadriceps injury insists he is ready to go as the team gets ready for training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Twitter could not get enough of the rare moment of candor from Leonard.

Again, it's not his reason for being here.

Green is clearly protective of his teammate Leonard.

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Mourinho then went on to slate his players for how the game turned out saying, "I was expecting more from my attacking players". Pogba believes there is an attitude problem against the league's less fashionable sides.

The usually reserved Leonard also attempted to offer the crowded a room a little insight about himself. He puts in hours and puts the work in. "To have the opportunity to play with him, he brings some things like consistency and understand he has a championship". It's got nothing to do with me. He's enjoying you guys.

Not surprisingly there were multiple attempts to get some feel from Leonard about his true feelings about being traded to Toronto and his thoughts about playing here after his contract is up next summer. It's professional and what else does it need to be? As far as Masai Ujiri was concerned, it's one that has been asked and answered - and it's time we found a new topic. Check out more footage from the Raptors' Media Day in the tweets embedded below.

The anxiety about the unknown - while understandable - has its limits and is ultimately self-defeating, as most of us are all too aware, even as we're powerless to stop our own fretting. Believe in this city, believe in yourself. "We want to be the best team we can be when the playoffs roll around".

But there was no evidence that Leonard is the victim of a hostage taking, and there were no indications that he won't be comfortable in the heat of the glare of one of the NBA's largest media markets. That's a huge privilege for us and it's our jobs here to try and get these players (to come). But we have guys who can make plays and just play, and we have some young talent that is going to make some plays for us too. We're proud of what Kyle and everybody has done here.

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Asked if success against an attacking side like Liverpool would be easier than a defensive West Ham side, the Italian replied: "I don't think so.

"The narrative of not wanting to come to this city is gone".

Ujiri does not anger easily in a public forum, but he has heard this too often.

However it's that laugh at the end of the video above that got most of the attention on social media.

"It's frustrating because I can't believe a lovely city like this would not believe in itself. We talked about life", said Lowry.

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Richards was also on probation for several of these offenses but never was convicted of a probation violation. Richards grew up in small towns in western Iowa, and has a history of violence and substance abuse.

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