Juan Toscano Anderson outlines the role differences for the Warriors and Lakers

Juan Toscano Anderson He wore a lot of hats for warriors Last season, from starting matches to playing a key role off the bench.

and after Signing with the Los Angeles Lakers In this off-season free agency, he’s looking to carve out a new identity.

During Monday’s Lakers Media Day, Toscano Anderson was asked if he felt Los Angeles would provide him with more opportunities to show off his skill set, and His answer spoke volumes Not just the Warriors culture he left behind, but that of his former teammate Klay Thompson.

“I want to tread lightly when I answer this question, because I don’t think I had a disability in the Golden State,” Toscano Anderson began. “I think the difference between [Los Angeles] The Golden State that there are a lot of new faces here. Pretty much the whole list is, to some extent, new, and so we’re all trying to figure it out and see where we’re at.

“The thing about Golden State is that Klay Thompson has been there 10 years. When Klay Thompson comes back, it doesn’t matter who’s there, you have to get out of the way.”

Toscano-Anderson averaged 13.6 minutes per game last season for the Warriors after averaging 20.9 minutes in the 2020-21 coronavirus downsizing season. However, he appeared in 89% of the Warriors’ 82 regular season games last season compared to 73% the previous season.

Given Toscano Anderson’s position on the winger in 2021-22, Thompson’s triumphant return to the field after injury on January 9 left one less hole to fill in reserve.

But Toscano Anderson understands the seriousness of Thompson’s impact on the field and the key role the entire Warriors team plays.

“They have men who have longevity there. They have a culture there, and I think that is the difference,” Toscano Anderson said. “So it didn’t really matter how good I was or not, when Klay Thompson came back we all knew what the deal was. And that’s what it is.”

Ultimately, both players helped contribute to the team’s fourth NBA championship in eight seasons.

“That’s the way the game is,” Toscano Anderson continued. “Sometimes you get in situations where things like that happen. He still won the championship. I am very satisfied with the way my season went last year.”

Toscano Anderson finished last season with an average of 4.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from behind the 3-point streak.

Now, he’ll be looking to make an impact with the Lakers as one of several new faces, but this time Along with stars like LeBron JamesRussell Westbrook and Anthony Davis.

“But going forward here, like I said: new faces, new opportunity, a little bit of unknown from all the players who come in and try to find a place in this team,” Toscano Anderson said. “I think it’s to my advantage, because we all start from square one.”

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And while he’s no longer a member of the Warriors squad, it’s clear that Toscano Anderson still holds great respect for his old teammate Thompson.

“We all have the same opportunity, unlike my competition with a three-time champion man who has been there for 10 years,” Toscano Anderson continued. “I mean, I wouldn’t win that fight. And it wasn’t a fight, you know. Clay is Clay, he deserves this place.”

“So I don’t think I’ve been held back there. But I do think there’s a little bit more chance here with the Lakers, to see our squad line up this year.”

Toscano Anderson is also looking forward to makes a name for himself In the City of Angels, a former Golden State favorite can be assured that Dub Nation will root for him—until the start of the regular season.

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