It has been an emotional week for Pascal Siakam. The beloved Raptor found out Thursday night that he had been named an all-star starter for the first time since being drafted into the NBA back in 2016. The 25-year-old, who was filmed reacting to the news, seemed genuinely floored by the announcement, and couldn’t help but get a little teary-eyed while reflecting on his journey to the top.

“It’s unbelievable man, I think you just have to think back on the journey,” Siakam revealed, after being asked in an interview to put his reaction into words.

A video posted on Twitter showcases the moment that the Raptor champion discovered he had been named an NBA All-Star. He seems overwhelmed with emotion while the rest of the crowd cheered him on. 

The player also opened about his father, Tchamo Siakam, who was killed in a car crash back in 2014.

“I’m thinking about my dad, who took a chance … and him wanting, and hoping and dreaming that one of his sons could do that and working so hard to send all of his sons to the U.S. to get an education, play college ball, and hoping to get to the NBA, and here I am..."

Spicy P even appeared to be fighting back tears at one point in the interview, while talking about the bittersweet reality of him achieving stardom without his father.

According to Heavy, the NBA star was sadly forced to miss his father’s funeral due to complications with his U.S. visa.

“I wish he was here, I kind of hate every time there is a big moment because it feels like there is something missing, but I know he is here, I know he is watching, and I can feel his presence.”

It’s no big secret that Siakam likes to keep his father’s memory close to heart. His famous hashtag “doing it for you” was inscribed on his championship ring, and he often references him when talking about his success.

Siakam’s teammates were equally as excited for their friend. Kyle Lowry, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Matthew Thomas even came together to form a “hype crew” ahead of the announcement, with the three of them seeming as giddy as a couple of kids on Christmas day as they waited for Spicy P to hear the news.

The Toronto Raptors play the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020.

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