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SportsJournalist shares incredible story about Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia

15:41  27 may  2019
15:41  27 may  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

Raptors and fans are the 'real Toronto': Loud, multicultural and hungry for historic win

Raptors and fans are the 'real Toronto': Loud, multicultural and hungry for historic win On Saturday night, fans like Yasmin Said will watch as the Toronto Raptors try to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks and earn the franchise's first-ever trip to the NBA Finals. Historic is not a big enough word. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting CorporationSaid, who says she watches the game with the intensity of an assistant coach, can't wait. When everyone comes together over the game, she says, Toronto feels like "one big family." Raptors in uncharted territory © Morry Gash/The Associated Press Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe attempts a shot in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final on Friday.

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The Toronto Raptors are heading to the first NBA Finals in their franchise history. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated fan than Nav Bhatia.

Bhatia hasn't missed a Raptors home game in the team's entire existence. He's been a season-ticket holder since 1995 and remains the most visible Raptors fan (aside from Drake).

But who is Nav Bhatia?

Journalist and Toronto native Muhammad Lila wanted to answer that question for NBA fans, as the Raptors are set to take the world stage for the first time. He took to Twitter on Sunday to share a touching story of how Bhatia came to love the Toronto Raptors. It was a story that spoke to what makes Toronto so special as a diverse, inclusive city.

Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia Targeted With Racist Tweet. Then The Tweeter Apologized.

Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia Targeted With Racist Tweet. Then The Tweeter Apologized. You’re about to read a story with the best kind of twist ending. 

Stories like that are exactly what makes sports so great.

The Raptors will host the Warriors for Game 1 on Thursday. You can bet that Bhatia will be there.

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Superfan Nav Bhatia unites basketball fans — even the Toronto Raptors’ opponents

Superfan Nav Bhatia unites basketball fans — even the Toronto Raptors’ opponents Nav Bhatia, the Toronto Raptors “Superfan,” has long expressed his appreciation of sports and its power to unite people. So when an overzealous Milwaukee Bucks fan directed racist comments against him during the Eastern Conference final last week, Bhatia chose the peaceful route over confrontation. “I know we are in a heated series but I want everyone to know regardless of what one person has said Milwaukee and its fans are incredible!” he tweeted Friday. The Milwaukee fan had earlier called him annoying and insulted his body and his religious headgear (the Twitter account was deleted shortly after Brampton East MP Raj Grewal drew attention to it).

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Leslieville residents show Raptors superfan some love with supersized Nav Bhatia heads.
East-end residents Matt Durant and Ara Mamourian, both long-time Raptors fans, are showing some local love for superfan Nav Bhatia. About a week ago Durant, who is a Leslieville-based visual artist, came up with the idea of creating some super-sized Nav “heads”. He shared his idea with Mamourian, who was immediately on board. “We see Drake heads and (Coach) Nick Nurse heads, but nobody has a Nav head and I thought that was the hugest oversight ever,” said Mamourian, a Leslieville-based real estate broker. “We’ve seen Nav since Day 1, he’s become a staple at the ACC and before that at the Skydome.

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