Fred Van Vleet ‘Locked in On’ Another NBA Championship
From going undrafted to earning the biggest ever contract for an undrafted player, Fred Van Vleet knows about being disregarded.
The Toronto Raptors guard recently signed an $85 million, four year contract to remain with the 2019 NBA champions.
The underdog mentality spurred Toronto onto that victory against the Warriors, and it’s something Fred Van Vleet thrives on.
Fred Van Vleet is excited to begin the new season in something more akin to that 2019 siege mentality.
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“I’m excited about what we’ve got,” VanVleet said.
“I think we’re kind of headed back in the direction of where we were pre-Kawhi where people are overlooking us again, which is not a bad place to be in.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve got to get a lot better as individuals, and then we’ll go out there and see what we can do. I’m excited. I can’t wait to get back to work.”
After tasting the NBA title, Van Vleet is determined to bring it to Toronto again, even if he won’t play there this season. As well as that, he has his sights set on some individual accolades to add to his record.
“All of the individual accolades that you could ever think of — though I don’t really share those publicly because that’s not what I’m into — but I’ve got a lot on the table that I want to get done,” VanVleet said.
“But now I’m just locked in on that next championship. That feeling of winning a championship, it trumps anything I’ve ever done in my life, in my career. Besides my kids, that’s right up there, as far as personal journeys and accomplishments that you can make.
“So trying to chase that next championship, that’s what I’m locked in on.”