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Pascal Siakam
Position: F
Born: 04/02/94
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:230 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Salary: $1,196,040
League sources insist Toronto will not give away any more young assets such as Delon Wright, Jakob Poeltl, Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam, Norm Powell or Fred VanVleet, but that doesn’t mean a package can’t be put together. They have the expiring contract of Jared Sullinger, another 2017 first-round draft pick and a glut of point guards they could put together.
The Cameroonian Basketball Federation (FECABASKET) on Sunday announced a 30-player list for the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Qualifiers and the Final Round. While head coach Lazare Adingono remains in charge of the team, a number of new faces are set – if available – to make their international debut with the Cameroonians. Among the newcomers, Joel Embiid and Pascal Siakam – a pair currently making waves in the NBA – headline the provisional list. They will be joined by Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who might play his last FIBA AfroBasket. According to the FECABASKET, the provisional list gives them a chance of choosing players for the qualifiers and for the Final Round in August (19-30) in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
Pascal Siakam: My three older brothers were different. They played soccer, too, but each of them eventually switched to basketball when they became teenagers. They were as obsessed with it as I was with soccer. My father had a little bit to do with that, since it was his greatest dream for one of his sons to play in the NBA. So there was some pressure for me to take up the sport. The only problem was, I didn’t like basketball. Well, that’s not completely true. I played it every now and then. I had some natural talent, but, like a lot of younger siblings, I thought it was unoriginal to do the same thing as my brothers. I wanted to be my own person. I had dreams of playing soccer professionally, or maybe going to business school and working in the government for my dad, who was the mayor of my hometown.
Pascal Siakam: Now I’m a rookie in the NBA. Just to get the chance to put on Raptors jersey — seeing the number 43 on the front and my name on the back — feels surreal. So I’ve started my own little tradition. Every time I enter the game, I touch the number 4 on my jersey four times for my dad and three brothers, then I touch the the number 3 three times for my mom and two sisters, then I cross myself for God and point up to the sky. I know my dad is watching.