Raptor Siakam finds success in spin city
|Toronto Star 06 Dec 2018 at 17:56|
Soccer was Siakamâ€™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 â€” who was ahead of the curve when it came to dreaming of his boys making the NBA â€” 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 didnâ€™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.
â€śThatâ€™s the soccer background,â€ť Siakam said recently on teammate Danny Greenâ€™s podcast, Inside the Green Room, while chatting about the success of the spin.
After an uncharacteristically quiet six-point night in Wednesdayâ€™s 113-102 win over the 76ers, he reiterated that the move goes way back.
â€śAlways. Iâ€™ve always done that,â€ť said Siakam, the power forward who has reached double digits in scoring 19 times in his last 21 games, â€śas long as I remember.â€ť