Pascal Siakam is still getting used to being the veteran.
But the Toronto Raptors forward has been through enough in the past 18 months to step up into the role.
In a year of trade rumours, injury, COVID-19 and playing away from Toronto, Siakam's name buzzed all season long — especially once it became clear Toronto would miss the playoffs. Then, when Sportsnet's Michael Grange reported that the 27-year-old had a serious altercation with Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, everything seemed to intensify.
But Siakam, like the veteran he's grown to be, has left it all in the past.