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Juan Toscano-Anderson's parents, girlfriend and upbringing after becoming a Laker

Joshua Rogers July 1, 2022
Juan Toscano-Anderson's parents, girlfriend and upbringing after becoming a Laker
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Who are Juan Toscano-Anderson’s parents and his girlfriend, Arrianna Linaa? Ethnicity, family and incredible journey of the new Lakers player.

Juan Toscano-Anderson (JTA) is a versatile forward who, until recently, played for the Golden State Warriors, winning the 2022 NBA championship.

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. On 19 February, he competed in the 2022 Slam Dunk Contest in Cleveland during All-Star weekend.

Later in the year he won his first NBA championship after the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. As free agency started Chris Haynes, of Yahoo Sports, reported Toscano-Anderson had agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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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.”

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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 father 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 in which 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.”

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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.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.