Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Kawhi Leonard of Toronto Raptors focused on this season, not future

Kawhi Leonard of Toronto Raptors focused on this season, not future

"I came in with an open mind".

Kawhi Leonard said he's focused on the coming season with the Toronto Raptors and not his future.

"I want to play here", said Leonard. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. "As long as I have a jersey on, I want to play basketball".

"I'm excited about the city, knowing it is a basketball city".

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When asked about his future with the franchise, he vaguely replied: "If you look toward the future, you're going to trip over the present".

Asked what went wrong last season, Leonard said, "I have no regrets".

Those were the first public comments from Leonard since joining the club with Green in a blockbuster July trade that sent DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs.

"My focus is on this year, striving to win a championship", said Leonard.

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Leonard played only nine games for the Spurs last season because of a quad injury.

Kawhi Leonard poses for a team photo at the Toronto Raptors media day at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ont. on Monday September 24, 2018. We'll see. I just got here from Europe, but there is good energy.

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year was the focal point of today's Media Day in Toronto, as reporters questioned him about his reaction to coming to Toronto and his long-term goals.

Leonard, 27, described himself as a "fun guy" and insisted that he's looking forward to playing in a "great city that loves basketball".

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