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Former Raptors star helps welcome Marc Gasol to Toronto

11 February 2019

"Jose was one of the first guys to reach out (and tell me) how much I'm going to love the organization and the city and he was very excited", Gasol told reporters on Saturday.

That 2012 roster also contained a man by the name of Serge Ibaka, who now plays for the Raptors and was coached by Sergio Scariolo, an assistant coach in Toronto.

Marc Gasol will be making his debut with the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night against the New York Knicks, and a deep postseason run with his new club is breathing new life into the 34-year-old center.

He was averaging 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game with Memphis and will make the 41-16 Raptors that much tougher.

NY closed to 91-90 on a 3-pointer from rookie Kadeem Allen with 5 minutes left.

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Raptors F Kahwi Leonard returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's game at Atlanta due to a sore left knee.

The Knicks have cap room for two max players this July.

Leonard shot 4-of-15 for 11 points in a 104-99 Raptors win. He was asked after the game about what surprised him and said the fan support they had in an opponent's building.

Scariolo will definitely play a big role in Gasol's transitional period with so little practice dates left and 25 games remaining in the regular season before the playoffs start.

"Basically he is a great passer, someone who sees the next play a split-second before most of the opponents, most of the teammates as well, most of the coaches".

Former Raptors star helps welcome Marc Gasol to Toronto