Juan Toscano-Anderson visited an important stop on his journey to the NBA during the All-Star break.
The Warriors rookie, about a week after making his NBA debut for his hometown team, traveled to Monterrey, Mexico and visited students at a local elementary school.
⛹🏻♂️ | @juanonjuan10 visitó la Primaria Luis Tijerina Almaguer en el municipio de Monterrey y convivió con los alumnos con quienes jugó unas retas de básquetbol. 🏀👏🏻@SEP_mx @NBA @NBAMEX @LNBPoficial #To2SomosFuerza pic.twitter.com/QYvIlnD0mH— Fuerza Regia (desde 🏠) (@Fuerza_Regia) February 14, 2020
Toscano-Anderson played two seasons for Fuerza Regia de Monterrey in Mexico's top league, earning All-Star Game MVP honors in both appearances and winning a title in 2016-17. His grandfather immigrated from Michoacán to East Oakland, and he has played for Mexico in international competitions.
"They showed me so much love," Toscano-Anderson told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock in October of his time with Fuerza Regia. "They were always offering to cook food for me, invited me over to eat, give me rides places. I didn't have a car out there and stuff, just everything man. They're real good people."
Toscano-Anderson watched his former team play during the break, too, sitting alongside a sports star who calls Monterrey home: Tigres UANL striker André-Pierre Gignac.
Juan Toscano y André-Pierre Gignac presentes hoy con Fuerza Regia ante Soles. 🏀💪— Yesus Antonio Pérez 🧤🎯 (@yesusperez01) February 15, 2020
Ahora @Fuerza_Regia buscara en Mexicali dar la vuelta en la serie para el bicampeonato en la #LigaSisnovaLNBP #To2SomosFuerza pic.twitter.com/u0nzjkJXsp
Gignac signed a Tigres kit for Toscano-Anderson earlier in the day, too.
— Club Tigres Oficial (en Casa 🏠😷) (@TigresOficial) February 14, 2020
Toscano-Anderson returned to Monterrey a bonafide NBA player. The 26-year-old made his debut two days after the Warriors revamped their roster at the trade deadline, and Toscano played nearly 16 minutes a night in his three appearances before the All-Star break.
Reaching the NBA with the team you grew up watching is special, and so is Toscano-Anderson sharing that accomplishment with those who helped him get there.