Kawhi Leonard says he brings leadership and ‘energy’ to Raptors

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Published on September 26, 2018 - Duration: 01:58s

Kawhi Leonard says he brings leadership and ‘energy’ to Raptors

Star forward Kawhi Leonard stepped on the court as a Toronto Raptor for the first time on Tuesday, as the team held a training camp in B.C. Leonard admitted he has “a lot to learn” about playing basketball in Canada.

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Kawhi Leonard says he brings leadership and ‘energy’ to Raptors

CAPTION: Star forward Kawhi Leonard stepped on the court as a Toronto Raptor for the first time on Tuesday, as the team held a training camp in B.C. Leonard admitted he has “a lot to learn” about playing basketball in Canada.

(Sept.

26, 2018) 1.

SOUNDBITE: Kawhi Leonard, Raptors forward 2.

SOUNDBITE: Norm Powell, Raptors guard 3.

SOUNDBITE: Nick Nurse, Raptors coach PLACELINE: New York CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Kawhi Leonard leaned back against the gym wall Tuesday as Alex McKechnie, the Toronto Raptors' director of sports science, carefully wrapped Leonard's knees in preventative ice.

Every camera in the gym captured the moment.

In one of the most anticipated season storylines not only in Toronto but across the NBA, the six-foot-seven forward stepped on the court as a Raptor for the first time Tuesday.

Leonard was all smiles when he stepped off it.

``It felt great.

Just talking to the guys, I told them I haven't played a five-on-five since January, the last time I played.

It felt great to just run up and down and compete,'' he said.

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