NBA winner and most improved player Pascal Siakam told reporters on August 10, at the Yaounde sports complex that he has a lot of joy when meeting Africans and Cameroonians most especially.
He began with how he felt on his record breaking 2018/19 season “I think that for us it has always been to win from the beginning and coming into the season, winning was our only goal”.
The 25-year-old nicknamed ‘Spicy P’ put up some explosive numbers on the way to the maiden finals of the Raptors and eventually was crowned champion in a team that had two Africans (Siakam and former OKC Thunders man, Serge Ibaka). The power forward continued ; “we had the luck of accomplishing our dreams but I think that it took lot’s of hardwork, up’s and down’s equally”.
When asked the about the key to the mind blowing display by the Raps that gave them the rim, Siakam made mention of the fact that it did not come easily – “In the season, there were moments that we were almost eliminated but then again, as a team, we came and did what we could do to try and win. Meeting other Africans or Cameroonians bring me joy”.
Siakam had moments in the Eastern conference when he had to go toe-to-toe with follow Cameroonian Joel Embiid; and at the Eastern conference semifinals in game 7, only a buzzer beater by Kawhi Leonard ousted the 76ers of Embiid. Siakam always felt special while playing against his compatriot on the floor;” when I played against Joel, we had the chance of representing Cameroon and Africa together in the biggest stage at the NBA. It gives me joy that the continent is moving forward and that as a continent we bring forth the sort of talents and to think that younger ones are coming up is amazing”.
As earlier announced by kick442.com, the NBA champion came along side his boss, the English-born Nigerian professional basketball executive and current president of basketball operations in Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri. Together with Masai, Pascal explained the initiatives of the Giants of Africa and how they want to give back to the continent of Africa.