The Toronto Raptors are the 2019 NBA Champions. After so many years of waiting and wondering if the Larry O’Brien trophy would ever find itself north of the border, it finally does. Beating the Golden State Warriors in six games, it’ll be a final to remember as the Raptors denied the Warriors a three-peat and beat the Warriors three times in Oakland. Furthermore, Kawhi Leonard is the finals MVP.
As of late, the city of Toronto has been in a long drought of championship success. The Maple Leafs haven’t won a Stanley cup since 1967 and the Blue Jays haven’t won a World Series since 1993.
In the past three years, the Maple Leafs have won 40 games and make the playoffs only to be knocked out in the first round. In addition, the Blue Jays have only made the playoffs twice since their last World Series win.
However, while Toronto FC of Major League Soccer and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League have both won a title within the past three years, it hasn’t really put the city into the spotlight of success. In other words, it hasn’t really helped.
What does this championship victory mean to the city?
The Raptors’ NBA title victory brings pride to the city. While Toronto is obviously more a hockey town, it still is a joyous feeling for the citizens. It’s been over 25 years since a major title has safely made its way to Toronto. It’s certainly a time for celebration.
So what now?
The players can enjoy their off-season. However, the Raptors front office must get to work on formulating a plan to convince Leonard to stay. After the win, Leonard was asked by Doris Burke if he plans on staying and he mentioned that he would think about it later and for the time being he was enjoying the championship victory.
In Leonard’s case, he has the opportunity to be Toronto’s next big Basketball superstar. Toronto hasn’t had a hero in the sport of basketball since the days of Chris Bosh and Vince Carter.