Marc Gasol sent a reminder to NBA teams regarding the defending champions Toronto Raptors ahead of the playoffs.
The Spanish center said basketball is a team sport and it is group effort and chemistry that win titles. Many NBA analysts and fans don’t believe the Raptors can win back-to-back titles.
Gasol, though, mentioned it is the team itself that will make the difference and not the star-caliber players.
“This is not tennis. We’re not talking about Rafa Nadal or [Novak] Djokovic or Roger Federer or [Milos] Raonic, for you [Canadians]. We’re talking about basketball.
It’s a team sport. I know we as fans of the game and media we do a tremendous job of trying to make this about players, about single players.
But this is about a team, and always will be about a team. It’s how well you work as a team. It’s how well your talents complement the best players or the star player’s talents, and every team meets together with the coaching staff and the fans and so forth.
It’s a team effort. It always will be. Doesn’t matter how much we try to singularize the game,” the Raptors big man said, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN.
Toronto finished the regular season with the second-best record in the league (53-19) and will face the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the playoffs.