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Raptor Siakam finds success in spin city

Raptor Siakam finds success in spin city
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Soccer was Siakam’s first love. In his native Cameroon, it was the sport that more kids dreamed of playing professionally. But his three older brothers and father — who was ahead of the curve when it came to dreaming of his boys making the NBA — were basketball players and fans and eventually the future Raptor was hooked.

Everybody knows it s coming, but nobody can stop it. On Episode 8 of Inside the Green Room with Danny Green, Pascal Siakam and Toronto Raptors teammate Danny Green talk about his "legendary" spin move -- Jalapeno in a Blender -- and what makes it so hard to stop.

But Siakam didn’t leave everything behind when he made the switch. The spin move that has become so integral to his game resembles a soccer ploy sometimes called the Maradona: a two-footed, 360-degree, forward-moving twirl that used to propel Argentine great Diego Maradona past defenders with ease.

“That’s the soccer background,” Siakam said recently on teammate Danny Green’s podcast, Inside the Green Room, while chatting about the success of the spin.

After an uncharacteristically quiet six-point night in Wednesday’s 113-102 win over the 76ers, he reiterated that the move goes way back.

“Always. I’ve always done that,” said Siakam, the power forward who has reached double digits in scoring 19 times in his last 21 games, “as long as I remember.”
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