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Thread: Barbosa: "I Wanted To Play In A Better Situation For Me, Which I Think I Have In TO"

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    Default Barbosa: "I Wanted To Play In A Better Situation For Me, Which I Think I Have In TO"

    I might be one of the few, but I'm excited to have Leandro here in Toronto finally and I think moving forward I hope be become's a bigger factor than some aren't giving him credit for.

    Here's some of the Q&A he did with Dime Magazine:

    Dime: How are you feeling about the trade to the Raptors?
    Leandro Barbosa: Iím happy. Itís a better situation for me, because I know that I will play more minutes than I used to in Phoenix. Iím a little bit sad because I loved Phoenix and I love the friends that I made in the organization. I will miss that. But I think everybody knows the NBA is a business, and weíre all involved in that business. Any day it can happen, and this time it happened to me.

    Dime: Did you know there was a trade in the works?
    LB: Yeah, I knew I was going to get traded. I asked for a trade after the season. I told Phoenix I wanted to play in a better situation for me, which I think I have in Toronto. I didnít get that chance to play a lot in Phoenix, so I wanted to go to a different team. The first team that came was Toronto, and I have a good relationship with Bryan Colangelo, so everything worked out.

    Dime: What is your role going to be with the Raptors?
    LB: I donít know what my role or what position Iím going to play yet, but Iím going to do the best I can and help my team win.

    Dime: Before the trade, did you have any friends on the Raptors?
    LB: Oh yeah. I know (Andrea) Bargnani, I know (Jose) Calderon. All the international players, we all know each other because we play against each other a lot in tournaments.
    Source - DimeMag.com

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    Given his personality and attitude, I really think Barbosa will fill the role of Calderon in terms of keeping international and US players together in the team. He seems to be a really nice spirited guy, kind of Anthony Parker like.

    So I think his off-court role in the locker room will be just as important as his on-court performance in this coming season.

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    Looks like he is coming to play!

    He could be another leader type on the team.

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    lol have you seen his goat video on youtube having a hard time finding it but its jokes

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    Quote Hassan wrote: View Post
    lol have you seen his goat video on youtube having a hard time finding it but its jokes
    What goat? Man goat?

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    I expect Barbosa to be a huge part of our bench. He's a proven scorer and, when healthy, his shooting really stretches the floor for the rest of the team. I imagine Davis/Johnson/Kleiza will all benefit from Barbosa being on the floor.

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    Barbosa should be the 6th man extraordinaire off the bench in TO. Folks, who haven't really seen him play, are going to be surprised by his defense as his long arms cause steals, deflections on the regular.

    Viva Barbosa aka The Brazilian Blur!!!

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