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Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
Position: G
Born: 08/20/91
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Salary: $7,630,000
And the reviews are in. Sabonis is living up to his family name — and building a new NBA family of his own. Lance Stephenson says Sabonis makes the game easy. Cory Joseph says he appreciates how Sabonis throws his body around and gets loose balls. Turner, who is a month and a half older than Sabonis, says he is learning from his new teammate. “Man, he’s f—ing terrible,” laughed Victor Oladipo, who came over from the Thunder with Sabonis in the George trade. “I’m just playing. He’s awesome, man. I mean, I’ve been watching Damo since he was at Gonzaga and then he joined OKC last year with me. To see his growth over just a year span is amazing.”
DeMar DeRozan says Cory Joseph is “the smoothest” guy to have come through the Raptors organization in the nine years DeRozan has been with the team, and that’s high praise because smooth is cool. Fred VanVleet said he couldn’t have a more helpful and professional mentor in his rookie season than Joseph. And Dwane Casey? Well, the coach doesn’t pull any punches. “Cory’s just a beautiful young man.”
Joseph may be gone after two years with his hometown team but his influence remains and his DNA is still all over the franchise. The first hometown player to have a significant role with the Raptors and one of the quiet leaders on the roster through the best stretch in franchise history, Joseph led by quiet example, always professional and always aware of the responsibilities of being from here. “You got that sense that this is his city,” DeRozan said. “This is his town, his country and everything. It was great to have him over here. The energy he brought, his vibe and everything, was always a positive. You rarely saw Cory being upset or mad about anything. When you have that kind of aura around you, it’s contagious on the court and off the court.”
But he’s not forgotten and fans only have to look at the player filling his role to understand that. VanVleet was a fourth-stringer at the start of last season, a D-Leaguer behind Kyle Lowry, Joseph and Delon Wright. But Joseph was apparently always willing to help, showing the professionalism he was lauded for from the day the Raptors signed him as a free agent in 2015. “For a guy in his position, with me and Delon kind of on his heels a little bit, he never had a bad attitude about it,” VanVleet said. “He was helping us along the way, which was really rare to find a guy in that position, to help the young guys that were kind of coming for his spot. He was still helping us.”
What do you remember about your experience as a Raptor and with Canada’s national team? Cory Joseph: Being from that nation, playing with Team Canada, Toronto is Canada’s team, was a great experience. I had a blast and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Obviously, I’m happy where I am at this moment. Personally, when I (played in Toronto), we broke a lot of records, we made it furthest in the playoffs, we had the longest winning streak that the Toronto Raptors have ever had in one season. So I was a part of great things while I was there. I’m happy with the time that I spent there and now it’s time to move forward with the next step of my career.