Juan Toscano-Anderson is no longer a two-way player after he signed a standard NBA deal Thursday with the Warriors, which guarantees his salary for next season.
When it was time to have the press conference after the contract was made official, his mom, Patricia, made an appearance via phone. It was the sweetest thing.
“I’m so proud of you son,” Patricia said over speakerphone. “I’m so glad that you never gave up. I’m just so happy that God has given you the desires of your heart. I’ve been praying for this for you for what just makes you happy.”
Toscano-Anderson began to get emotional during the call.
“That’s my best friend,” he told reporters. “That’s my hero … my mom is a gangster.”
The Oakland native has become a trusted role player for the Warriors this season, averaging 5.5 points per game and shooting 41.2 percent beyond the arc.
The numbers are just part of what makes JTA a strong puzzle piece to the Warriors. The fans adore him, and coach Steve Kerr gushed over the impact he has had with his energy, passing skills and development. He’s also able to handle a variety of defensive and offensive roles.
This contract was well deserved, and JTA’s mom confirms it.