Who are Juan Toscano-Anderson’s parents? Mom, ethnicity, family and incredible journey of the Warriors man who went from Oakland native to NBA player.
Juan Toscano-Anderson (JTA) is a versatile forward who is currently plying his trade with the Golden State Warriors.
The 28-year-old is a rookie in terms of NBA years, having only entered the league in 2020. He made his first real impact of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, 24 November.
JTA’s stellar showing for Warriors recently
The Warriors were down big in the first half but roared to a comeback 116-96 victory against the 76ers.
Juan Toscano-Anderson was an important part of the win, finishing with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
Speaking about his performance, JTA told reporters (via Yahoo Sports!): “They’re going to get a junkyard dog. I’m not afraid to do the dirty work, whatever it is. I’m just going to play hard all the time. I love this game and I’m appreciative to have the opportunity.”
Juan Toscano-Anderson’s ethnicity and upbringing
JTA was born on 10 April 1993 in Oakland, California. Juan Toscano-Anderson’s ethnicity is Mexican-American; his father is African-American, while his mother is Mexican-American.
Toscano-Anderson’s family emigrated from Michoacan, Mexico, in the 1940s and settled in Oakland, where they have been ever since.
Toscano-Anderson has spoken about the difficulties of dealing with his own identity as a youngster, having Mexican roots yet growing up in a black neighbourhood.
“My relationship with my Mexican heritage was, it was different,” Toscano-Anderson told NBC Sports. “I would say, like at home, it was just all Mexican traditions. I grew up around an all-Mexican family. But I never really indulged in the culture, per se.
“I knew I was Mexican, I knew my family was Mexican. I knew who I was… I think it’s just there’s a difference, you know, like actually indulging in the culture to traditions, the language, all that stuff.”
He soon became fluent in Spanish and took trips to Chevy, Mexico, to visit grandparents. Nowadays, JTA is proud of his heritage, telling the publication: “I know I am Mexican. I know I am black.”
He added: “I’m just Juan, the biracial guy… I’m in tune with both of my heritages, and I love that about myself.”
Juan Toscano-Anderson’s parents; the importance of his mom, Patricia
The 6ft 6in wing is evidently proud of his upbringing. JTA grew up on 95th Avenue in deep East Oakland and now wears the No.95 on his jersey, representing the street where he lived.
Little is known about Juan Toscano-Anderson’s parents and their relationship, but he has a close relationship with this mother.
Juan Toscano-Anderson’s mom is Patricia Toscano, a single mother of four who raised Juan alone. However, there were many difficulties along the way. Her younger brother, nephew and two cousins were killed in the very streets where Juan was raised.
“We were houseless, we lived in a car, and from here and there to different places,” Patricia told NBC Sports. “Of course we had family, but you know, who wants to go to their family with their children? I don’t know if it was my pride or selfishness, but I have no regrets.”
By the time Juan was 14, Patricia’s goal for her son was to get him to college.
“I always knew he’d be a statistic,” Patricia told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m just ecstatic that he’s one of the positive ones. To see your child living his dream, it means everything.”
Toscano-Anderson sends gratitude to his mother after Warriors contract
It wasn’t easy for Juan initially. He went undrafted out of Marquette in 2015 and, after two months of living at home, eventually received an offer to play for the Soles de Mexicali in Mexico.
He shone in Mexico, winning MVP honours and two championships with the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional. This earned him a shot with the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors in 2018.
Finally, in May 2021, Toscano-Anderson’s two-way contract with the Warriors was converted to a full-time NBA contract.
Immediately after he called mom Patricia, who said: “I just wanted to tell you I’m so proud of you, son. I’m just so glad you never gave up.”
The Warriors captured the poignant moment on camera and uploaded the footage to Twitter.
“I can’t do anything but just stand up and salute my mom because my mom is the toughest person in the world,” Toscano-Anderson told the San Francisco Chronicle. “My mom is a gangster, and I mean that in every sense. My mom is a real gangster for everything.”
Juan Toscano-Anderson’s girlfriend Arrianna Linaa
Juan Toscano-Anderson’s girlfriend is Arrianna Linaa, whom he has been dating since 2018.
She is an alumni of the University of South Florida and is reportedly 25 years old. The couple live a pretty lavish lifestyle but still manage to keep their relationship private.
In May 2021, Juan Toscano-Anderson shared a message to his girlfriend on Instagram with the words: “Thank you for watering my plants with wisdom, clarity, patience, and more importantly LOVE & BELIEF every day.
“I got you for whatever-whenever-forever mamacita. 1,825 days and counting.”