Barbosa and snow don't mix

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:53 PM ET

The irony certainly wasn’t lost on Leandro Barbosa, who doesn’t have many peers when it comes to quicks on the court.

For reasons that are as obvious as the Raptors’ inability to defend, Barbosa, a native of Brazil, earned the Brazilian Blur moniker as a member of the Phoenix Suns for his ability to blow by opponents in the open floor or in the half court.

Put him behind the wheel of a car when the weather isn’t exactly comparable to Arizona and Barbosa is as slow as any first-time driver.

“It was crazy,’’ began Barbosa of his ordeal driving through Toronto’s streets during a recent snow storm. “It was the first time I saw snow while driving and it was crazy.

“I was going so slow that everybody was passing me. All I kept saying was: ‘Oh my gosh.’ I had to be very patient.”

Other than his adventure behind the wheel, Barbosa admits he doesn’t spend much time outside.

“It’s too cold,’’ he said of Toronto’s weather. “I never bought any winter clothes because all I do is go from the arena to the garage to my apartment.”

—Zicarelli


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