"If you look at the future, you are going to trip on the present".
"I look at it as a day-to-day process", Leonard said.
Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who was seated between Leonard and Green, offered his own response when the players were asked how they felt about changing the perception of both the Raptors and the city of Toronto.
But while he was answering he couldn't quite pinpoint where the question came from and ended his answer with "I don't even know where you're sitting at", which managed not only laughs from the people in attendance but with Leonard himself.
Even after winning the National Basketball Association title in 2014, he said his workout schedule was too insane to do anything fun and celebrate.
Those were his first words spoken since he was traded from the Spurs to the Raptors, although he was quick to add, "Obviously, I love the game of basketball".
Toronto won the Eastern Conference last season with a record of 59-23. "I was wondering if anyone was going to talk to me, you know?"
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Aldridge described the current incarnation of the Spurs as "more talented" than last year's squad, which featured Leonard for just nine games as he recovered from a quadriceps injury. He puts in hours and puts the work in.
"Kawhi? You see him, he's having a good time right now". You never hear from me. The small forward was officially introduced as a member of his new club on Monday, along with Danny Green at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. I came here with an open mind.
"The narrative of not wanting to come to this city is gone", the Raptors president said with as much force as he mustered on any topic all Media Day. Leonard insisted he was pleased to be coming to a great organization and a city that's passionate about basketball. "We have a very talented team I'm looking forward to playing with".
"My focus is on this year, striving to win a championship", said Leonard.
The harsh reality of pro sports is that the only thing a player owes a team, or a team owes a player, is hard work, the opportunity and willingness to improve as time progresses.
"I'm here to do my job", Lowry said. "We should move past that".
"Believe in this city, believe in yourselves". Leonard and Green may be what the team needs to find success beyond the regular season. "We want to be the best team we can be when the playoffs roll around".