Celebs React to the Raptors’ Conquest of the NBA Championship
Toronto, the first and only Canadian team to win a NBA title, overcame the odds in game 6 of the Finals series 114-110 against an injury-depleted Golden State Warriors lineup. Of course, reactions were readily uploaded on social media, and celebs weren’t restraining themselves in showing their pride and joy.
On Twitter, stars such as Elizabeth Banks, Josh Jackson, Shania Twain, Drew Scott, Barry Jenkins, Eugene Levy, and Tessa Virtue, among others, posted congratulatory as well as prideful remarks. Sarah McLachlan, who sang the Canadian National Anthem prior to Game 6 held in Oakland, tweeted:
Drake Joins the Party
Of course, Drake wasn’t to be outdone. He literally inundated all social media with comments, posts, videos… he even released two songs composed especially for this occasion. After self-baptizing himself the Raptors’ Number One Fan, he became a beacon for Toronto’s team. He could be found sitting on the sidelines and interacting with players, foes and friends alike. But nonetheless, the Raptors’ appreciated his support, and they put their money where their mouths were, presenting Drake with a special custom-made Raptor/OVO jacket reportedly worth over $550 000, designed with Diamond Foundry diamonds (with a total of 235 handset diamonds), before the game against the Milwaukee Buck held on May 21st. It was studded with Drake’s own logo, as well as the Raptors’ slashed basketball sigil.
Even Politicians Got Into It
Politicians also jumped on this bandwagon. Starting with Canada Premier, Justin Trudeau, followed by John Tory, Toronto’s mayor, and all major political party leaders have expressed their strong support for the Raptors. Although most of them will stay away from the parade to be held Monday, June 17th. Officially not to take the limelight away from the team’s success, but mostly not to attract negative comments on the sidelines. “This is all about the Raptors.” Andrew Scheer, the federal Tory leader, plans to watch the parade but won’t try to march in it. Image is everything! Speculations are whirling about whether the Raptors will take part in the ritual of visiting the White House as this year’s NBA champions. Under the Trump administration, some athletes have refused to take part in this American tradition. For Canada’s NBA team, there’s the added spicy detail of whether they’ll be invited in the first place since they hail from a non-U.S. city.
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