Spurs' Joseph coming home

Spurs guard Cory Joseph drives past Heat guard Norris Cole at American Airlines Arena in Miami,...

Spurs guard Cory Joseph drives past Heat guard Norris Cole at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., Jan. 17, 2012. (ANDREW INNERARITY/Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:01 PM ET

TORONTO - Cory Joseph has been waiting for Wednesday’s game against the Raptors for a while.

If he enters the contest, Joseph, a rookie guard with the San Antonio Spurs who was drafted 29th overall this summer, will become the second GTA-born player ever to face the Raptors, following good friend Tristan Thompson.

The Pickering native circled the date on the calendar when the schedule was released and can’t wait to take it all in.

“I was excited that we got to go there, especially with all my family there,” Joseph said Monday in a phone interview with the Toronto Sun.

Joseph has seen more action than many expected he would for the veteran-laden, 19-9 Spurs, getting into 19 games, including a career-best eight point, four assist effort in a win over Atlanta last month.

Joseph said ex-Raptor T.J. Ford has helped him settle in and try to stay in the good books of demanding head coach Gregg Popovich.

How are things going?

“Pretty good,” Joseph says.

“At first (the speed of the NBA game) was pretty fast, you have to get used to playing the 24 second shot clock but it’s coming along great.

“It helps a lot (having elite teammates like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan), they’ve done it all in the league. They know what it takes to get there and they know what it takes to stay there.”

As for Wednesday at the ACC?

“There’s nothing like coming home. It’s just unbelievable to get the chance.”

And how many supporters might the 21-year-old be expecting?

“I don’t know ... but a lot,” he said with a laugh.


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