LOOK: Stars and laughs highlight Toronto Raptors championship parade

JR Isaga
LOOK: Stars and laughs highlight Toronto Raptors championship parade
Check out the joyous scenes that celebrate Toronto's first NBA championship

MANILA, Philippines – The entire nation of Canada celebrated the Toronto Raptors’ first-ever NBA championship on Monday, June 17 (Tuesday, June 18, Philippine time).

More than a million people flocked to downtown Toronto to join in the Raptors’ revelry almost a week after an emotional Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. At the cost of the Golden State Warriors’ three-peat title bid, the Raptors became the first-ever non-US team to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Certainly a celebration of that magnitude on Canadian soil would not be complete without the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who dove right into the action with his constituents.

Although an unfortunate  shooting incident occurred – which left 4 people injured – Trudeau said it won’t take away the spirit of the parade



But the people of Toronto clearly know who doesn’t deserve a spot amid their celebration, and they let the Premier of Ontario Doug Ford know all about it.



Ford angered the locals after voting against the construction of a Raptors practice facility at no cost to the city. On Tuesday as he faced the public, he eventually paid the price.

Still, everyone was clearly in a jovial mood, but none more so than two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who quite literally had the last laugh.



His social (and basketball) skills have certainly grown by leaps and bounds, and people are loving him all the more for it.






Of course, averaging 30.5 points in the playoffs and bringing the championship in his first year with the team also helped.

However, some loved him too much to the point where they don’t even notice that “Kawhi” shrunk a foot shorter.



Fake superstars aside, that day was certainly one that Canada will cherish for all time.


Champion guard Kyle Lowry said it best, “Every time we see it, it gets prettier.”



– Rappler.com





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