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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

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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.

280.8k Followers, 594 Following, 1,310 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Nav Bhatia Superfan (@navbhatiasuperfan).

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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.

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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. 

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Nav Bhatia , best known throughout the GTA as ‘ Superfan ’, might just be the biggest Toronto Raptors fan in the world. Being the bigger man, Bhatia sent out this classy tweet on Friday, where he thanked the Bucks fans who did come to his defence and showed some love for the city of Milwaukee.

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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