Joseph may be gone after two years with his hometown te…

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.”
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