It's not every day that you get to play alongside one of the NBA's greatest players. It's even more special to win a championship alongside one of the greats and then sign a contract to go play alongside arguably the greatest the game of basketball has ever seen.
This is an incredibly rare position that Juan Toscano-Anderson finds himself in after winning a championship with Steph Curry and his hometown Warriors team, before then signing a free-agent contract to join LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
In speaking with Spectrum Sportsnet's Mike Bresnahan on Wednesday, Toscano-Anderson was asked about the opportunity to play for two greats like Steph and LeBron back-to-back.
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"Everybody around me has been talking about it," Toscano-Anderson said. "I'm just trying to soak up the moment. I really appreciate being able to play with Steph, it's not every day that you get to be around greatness in any facet. People don't get to do that every day and I appreciated that every day.
"Now I get the opportunity to play with, in my opinion, the best player to ever basketball. I don't know what that's going to feel like yet. I know it's going to be amazing, I know it's going to be very motivating and uplifting. And it's going to be very challenging of course. What I appreciated about Steph was that he led by example and I wanted to be great like him."
Toscano-Anderson, a huge Kobe Bryant fan, also has looked up to James throughout his childhood and into his professional career. Both on and off the court, LeBron is who JTA looks to emulate.
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"I already wanted to be great like LeBron, I wanted to be great like LeBron when I was a kid," Toscano-Anderson added. "Just being able to play with him now and see everything he's accomplished in this league. Not only as a basketball player, but as a Black man, as an entrepreneur, I have the utmost admiration for him, so I'm excited to get to work, I'm excited to compete against him, I'm excited to show him who Juan is and I'm excited to earn his respect as well. You know, this is a business and it's a dog-eat-dog world when you step in between those lines and I'm excited to show who I am and gain the respect of my teammates."
The journeyman guard/forward has an incredible story that captivated the hearts of both Warriors and NBA fans alike.
From going undrafted out of college to playing in the G League to eventually establishing himself as an important two-way player for a championship team, Toscano-Anderson's story keeps getting better and better and doesn't appear anywhere close to being finished.