Big Four – US Sports Column: What the Raptors’ Success Means to Canada – Sports

Big Four - US Sports Column: What the Raptors' Success Means to Canada - Sports

On paper, this year’s final of the North American Professional Basketball League NBA is a duel between the Oakland-based Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors. The conflict can also be represented this way: The Warriors play against Canada as a whole.

The Rappers represent North Americans in the NBA Finals for the first time. After the finals, hundreds of fans sang their national anthem on the streets of the multicultural metropolis. According to “Sportsnet”, up to 7.4 million Canadians, about 20 percent of the total population, watched the first game in the final series on television sets – a Canadian record.

It is currently 2: 1 for Toronto in the Best Series. On Thursday night, the Oakland Raptors won 123–109 and achieved their home advantage. Without the injured Kevin Durant, Kel Thompson and Kevonne Loney, Steph Curry’s 47 points was not enough for the defending champion.

Winning NBA titles – It would not only be a sensation if the Warriors were the clear favorites, it would be the first major title win by a Canadian sports team since 1993. And this will be another step towards liberation in the other of Canada. The most popular American sport after American football and in a per-game rivalry with the USA.

In it, Canadians played the role of younger brother many times who laughed. The Toronto Blue Jays won the Major League Baseball World Series in 1992 and 1993 – after which they were never in the finals. Canadian NHL teams have also been waiting for a title match in ice hockey for 26 years. In addition, due to the cold, declining popularity of teams and the barrier to move to another country, many athletes had long had little interest in Canadian teams.

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Like the American Steve Francis. The former professional basketball player was drafted in 1999 by the Vancouver Grizzlies (now based in Memphis), but refused to play for the team and formally forced him to sign an exchange deal in Houston Was transferred. “I almost cried when Vancouver picked me. I definitely didn’t want to move away from my family and friends to this freezing cold Canada.”

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