Roy Krishnan Named New Head Coach of Raptors Uprising GC
November 17, 2022
There will be a new face at the helm of Raptors Uprising GC for Season 6 as Roy Krishnan, former assistant coach and GM of Mavs Gaming, has been officially named as Toronto’s new head coach.
2022 was a tough year for the squad, as Toronto failed to win money and compete amongst the other top teams in the NBA 2K League. Now, Krishnan will have all eyes on steering Raptors Uprising to glory once again.
He may only be 23, but Krishnan is relishing the opportunity to lead Raptors Uprising to bigger and better in Season 6.
“This is a dream come true,” said Krishnan on his appointment.
“I moved to Canada when I was six, and my first core sports memory was coming to the Air Canada Centre and watching the likes of Mats Sundin and Chris Bosh for both the Leafs and Raptors.
“They gave me something to look forward to. Toronto sports was my first belief system growing up.
“10 years later, to be able to come in as a 23-year-old head coach for one of the Toronto sports teams is surreal. “
Krishnan is no stranger to success as per his history in the 2K League, and having already met with the Raptors Uprising squad members, the new head coach has seemingly already began instilling a winning mentality within the group.
“I reached out and called every single one of them, and talked about who they were as people.
“We delved into how last season was and to hear the accountability they took, that gave me inspiration and pride. They know where they have to be.”
Accountability following a disappointing 2022 season will be critical heading into the new year, and Krishnan was able to pinpoint why last season ended as it did and what needs to change in order for the team to achieve its goals.
“There was a lack of identity,” said Krishnan on what went wrong in 2022.
“In this league, there are people that set pace and people that adapt. If you’re someone who adapts, you’re always playing catchup. From day one, we need to find our identity.”
With expectations set to be higher than ever on the Raptors Uprising front, pressure is most definitely not fazing Krishnan ahead of his first season as head coach.
“Pressure is a privilege. You have a staff and a team that knows you’re capable of doing this.”
Regarding his new staff, Krishnan was full of praise for former head coach Kevin Franklin, and looks forward to working alongside him in Toronto.
“He [Franklin] has been nothing but amazing.
“We talk every day in terms of workshopping the roster and the ideology behind this team. We have put people in positions to be successful in this organization.”
Now the youngest head coach in the NBA 2K League, there is no doubt in Krishnan’s mind that Raptors Uprising and their fans are going to be in for quite the season in 2023.
“Last year was tough. If we don’t change anything, nothing changes.
“We are not going to go quietly. I’ve made a career doing this in a different way. We’re going to dare to be different, but I promise we will not make $0, and more importantly, we’re going to play to our full potential.”
A new era is dawning for Raptors Uprising GC, and with Krishnan on board, Season 6 could not come any sooner.
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