Juan Toscano-Anderson has taken initiative in light of the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody, and has tried to rally fellow NBA players into joining him and supporting the cause of fighting systemic racism and police brutality in the United States.
Joining the Oakland native and Warriors wing at peaceful protests on Wednesday were teammates Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney and Damion Lee. Toscano-Anderson chatted with NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock while marching in Oakland, and talked about the impact of having NBA stars like Curry and Thompson walking alongside him and supporting this movement.
"It meant a lot just because I know someone in my work profession has my back," Toscano-Anderson said. "I know it's tough when you in a position like Steph's, I don't want to say it's hard but it's a thin line you have to watch where you walk. It definitely made me feel good to see somebody of his caliber and his notoriety here. It's a pretty cool feeling."
Toscano-Anderson helped organize the Walking in Unity event, centered around Lake Merritt near downtown Oakland.
Klay Thompson has joined the protest at Lake Merritt. Kevon Looney is now here as well. pic.twitter.com/Ni27dV8Lbh— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) June 3, 2020
"If Steph asked me to run through a wall for him, I will now. He showed me he's got my back and I've got his back," Toscano-Anderson told 95.7 The Game Wednesday following the protest.
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What Steph Curry's protest appearance meant to Juan Toscano-Anderson originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area