The Raptors rolled out the red carpet for everything shiny and new on Media Day. Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse got a cool branded podium, a live stream and ten to twenty minutes of Q&A time. Kawhi laughed and it was weird, Masai ranted and it was cool. Then, Kyle Lowry, by virtue of his status as an All-Star, got his ten minutes behind the podium and after that the stream went black.
The rest of the Raptors didn’t get a live stream or a podium, just a series of media scrums. Those started going up on Youtube a little while ago, and we’ll be grouping them together here. If you want to check out the interviews with Nurse, Ujiri, Leonard, Green or Lowry then we’ve got separate posts for those here and here.
One of the first Raptors to address the media was the ever affable bench dad C.J. Miles. Miles spoke about how his offseason routine changed (or in this case, didn’t change) following the trade, about the additional freedom that the Raptors’ improved spacing should grant and about the process of working the new guys into the roster.
Fred VanVleet, apparently eager to get his scrum started, asked C.J. Miles to shorten up his answers towards the end of Miles’ availability and got hit with a “What, short like you?”
He then had a much longer scrum than Miles, giving typically thoughtful, confident answers. Him, C.J. and Danny Green are going to be the Raptors’ beat writers best friends all year.
International man of mystery Serge Ibaka spoke about working out while travelling, becoming more aggressive inside the arc and about how Kawhi’s physicality stood out to him when they matched up in the past. Per Serge, Kawhi is a “big boy”.
The Longest Tenured Raptor™ spoke about transitioning between coaches and cores, shooting more threes, becoming a better passer and reminisced on his prior battles with new teammate Greg Monroe. JV also wants the Raptors to be the anti-Washington Wizards and prove things on the court before talking themselves up.
Delon spoke on the Raptors’ culture, about working out with the rest of the bench at the famed UCLA runs throughout the summer and about the offseason development of Pascal Siakam.
Monroe gave the longest scrum of any Raptor, talking about the changing perception towards the Raptors’ throughout the league that has come with winning and a tough homecourt, working with Nick Nurse and fitting in with the Raptors’ already dominant bench.
OG’s summer was “good.”