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All-Star 2020

NBA All-Star Game 2020: What did Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam say at Media Day?

Pascal Siakam continues his rapid ascension into stardom.

Less than a year after being named the NBA's Most Improved Player, the 25-year-old will be front and centre at 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend as a participant in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and as a starter in his first All-Star Game.

Ahead of the festivities, Siakam took to the podium at NBA All-Star Media Day, where he fielded a number of questions about the weekend and the Raptors among many other topics.

What did he have to say? Here are some of his best quotes:


On the next steps in his career

"I think there's always a next thing. For me, obviously, winning is the most important thing for me. So winning a championship or how many championships I can win, that's always my goal. And then continue to get better. Get an MVP or whatever. There are a lot of things on the table that I can accomplish. There are no limits."

On the Raptors' start to the season and what makes this group special

"There's no surprise. I think for us, we try to stay healthy - that's one of the things that's kind of hard for us but there's no surprise. I feel like we all really felt good coming into this season and obviously there's a lot of room for improvement and we're gonna get better for sure.

"I think, for us - there's a lot of talks and obviously there's a lot of movement in the league but having that continuity and having that same group makes us really special and the core guys that were there for the championship run. It's been a fun season, it's amazing being around those guys and it's so much fun playing basketball and hanging out."

On the Raptors' goals for the second half of the season

"Continue to get better. We're gonna want to get everyone healthy, I think that's a great goal for us - having everyone healthy."

On being coached by the Raptors staff in the All-Star Game

"I think it's gonna be great, it's gonna be fun having our own coaching staff in there with us. Seeing familiar faces is always good and I just like what we're doing as a team and also just making the most of the opportunity and trying to be the best I can be."

On Marc Gasol as a teammate

"Marc is great. I think since we've gotten him, he's always been like a big brother to me that talks to me and just always keeps me on my toes and makes sure that I'm not complacent and I'm always looking to get better and work out so he's definitely been a great teammate."

On Kobe Bryant

"I didn't really know Kobe personally. But I think he did a "Detail" on me during the playoffs, and it was something that I really watched. All the little pointers that he gave me about my game is something I'm going to take.

"It's definitely going to stay with me for the rest of my life. Just his impact and everything that he's done for the game of basketball is incredible. He's a legend. We continue to keep our thoughts and prayers with the families involved. We can just continue to honour him on the court.

On his plans for the Skills Challenge

"Not really, I mean I like to think that I'm ready. We're not doing (anything) crazy - it's not like I have to dunk or something, so I'm excited. I'm ready for it."

On Giannis Antetokounmpo selecting him second in the All-Star and who he'd pick first as a captain

"I thought it was pretty cool. I was the 27th pick in the draft, so I mean I was kind of a little down the line so, you know getting second pick was kinda cool."

"Obviously Kyle (Lowry) because that's my guy."

On his experience as a first-time All-Star

"I think it's fun. It's a fun environment - you're there with the best players from across the league and it's just a fun time. I'm really looking forward to having fun."

"It's new. It's something that I've never really been a part of, obviously but I think it's fun and I just wanna soak it in and make sure that I have a good time. It's definitely the opportunity of a lifetime and hopefully, I can keep coming to All-Star Games."

On if his All-Star selection means he's garnered more respect

"I'm not really looking for respect. I think, for me, it's about winning - that's the only thing I really think about. If something keeps me up at night, it's winning. I don't really care about getting respect or not getting respect."

On the new All-Star Game format

"We haven't really talked about it. It's my first time so I don't know how it's supposed to be or how it was but I'm just excited about the experience."


Siakam's first All-Star experience comes as he joins a field of eight in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge to begin All-Star Saturday Night at 8:00 p.m. ET on SN1. He and Kyle Lowry will look to help lead Team Giannis to a win on Sunday in the 69th All-Star Game at 8:00 p.m. ET on TSN 1/4.

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