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SportsThe Raptors Win, and Canada Learns to Swagger

22:01  15 june  2019
22:01  15 june  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

O Canada: Raptors go for celebrity-free national anthem in Game 5 of NBA Finals

O Canada: Raptors go for celebrity-free national anthem in Game 5 of NBA Finals TORONTO — Canada, this national anthem is for you. As the Toronto Raptors head into a potentially historic Game 5 in the NBA Finals on Monday, there won't be a famous face singing O Canada at the Scotiabank Arena. Instead, the NBA says it will be up to "all fans" inside the venue, and across the country, to sing loud and proud. Chantal Romain, the NBA's spokeswoman, told The Canadian Press that longtime national anthem performer Doug Tranquada will lead the crowd inside the venue. Recent televised games have featured live feeds of Raptors fans at public viewing parties across the country.

TORONTO — On Thursday night, when the Toronto Raptors won the N.B.A. championship in Oakland, Calif., the streets of Canada erupted in a patriotic euphoria that I’d never seen before. It was the first time that a Canadian team had made it to the N.B.A. finals, and Yonge Street, in the heart of Toronto

The Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA)

The Raptors Win, and Canada Learns to Swagger© Todd Korol/Reuters Fans gathered at an outdoor viewing party in Calgary, Alberta, to watch the Toronto Raptors win the N.B.A. championship on Thursday.

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TORONTO — On Thursday night, when the Toronto Raptors won the N.B.A. championship in Oakland, Calif., the streets of Canada erupted in a patriotic euphoria that I’d never seen before. It was the first time that a Canadian team had made it to the N.B.A. finals, and Yonge Street, in the heart of Toronto, was a multiracial mosh pit. Thousands of people were hugging and chanting, “We the North.”

Poll finds Raptors’ playoff run has attracted new fans across Canada

Poll finds Raptors’ playoff run has attracted new fans across Canada A new poll suggests that the Toronto Raptors’ run into the NBA Finals is attracting new fans to the team — and some of the bandwagonners are actually here to stay. In a randomly sampled nationwide poll conducted by Forum Research, 38 per cent of respondents said they have watched the Raptors during the NBA playoffs. Unsurprisingly, the Raptors seem to be most popular in Ontario, where 53 per cent of respondents in the province said they’ve watched a Raptors playoff game. Across the country, those in the 45- to 54-year-old range are the most likely to have watched a Raptors playoff game, with 42 per cent of respondents saying they have.

Raptors On YouTube. NBA TV Canada Schedule. Kawhi Leonard extends the Raptors lead by knocking down the three over DeMarcus Cousins. Marc Gasol helps the Raptors continue to cut into the Warriors lead with a three from the top of the arc.

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There were turbans and hijabs and the echoes of diverse accents. Everyone was represented, and everyone was representing.

I stopped among the rush of bodies, and took it all in. At a time when the news is filled with racism and nationalism, here we were, with all our differences, celebrating like family. Never had I felt more connected to our flag, to this country. It was as though with this victory, a city — and a country — had found its identity.

For weeks now, Canadians have been on the edge of their seats watching the Raptors make their improbable run to the finals. In a very Canadian sort of way, we doubted whether it was even real. Could we actually win? There is an insecurity to Canadians that came from always being America’s runner-up. “Why is a brother up north better than Jordan / That ain’t get that break,” Jadakiss once rapped — a line that could be applied to all the imprisoned ambitions in Canada.

Raptors on the brink of history as they prepare for Game 5 against the Warriors

Raptors on the brink of history as they prepare for Game 5 against the Warriors Chasing history with an anxious nation ready to explode, the Raptors take to the Scotiabank Arena court tonight trying to close out the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Hundreds of thousands of fans gathered at communal viewing points from St. John’s to Vancouver and everywhere in between as the Raptors, up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, tries to eliminate the two-time defending champions. Golden State got a boost with the return of former MVP Kevin Durant but they face an uphill challenge. Only once in 32 occasions has a team come back from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA title; ironically it was the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Warriors is 2016.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall reacts after dunking against the Toronto Raptors during That was the case Tuesday at Air Canada Centre, where Wall scored 26 points and handed out a The Wizards remain the only road team to win this postseason and have morphed into a confident

Raptors fans will sing O Canada on their own in Game 5 of NBA Finals. There won ’t be a famous face singing Canadian anthem at the Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors didn’t shoot as well as they did last time out, but they still made the swaggering champs appear filled with self doubt, and looked like the

This game was about so much more than sports. America was watching us, and saw both our best and our worst.

There was one unfortunate moment when some Raptors fans at Scotiabank Arena cheered when Kevin Durant got injured, but the crowd soon gave him a standing ovation. You saw our turbaned superfan, Nav Bhatia, and you saw the immigrant in all of us. You saw the quiet confidence of Kawhi Leonard and the long-shot struggle of Fred VanVleet and you saw our most cherished qualities. You saw the genius of our team’s president, Masai Ujiri, one of the few black heads of a sports team. You saw the black and brown and white and Asian kids cheering outside the arena and you saw the future of this land.

One day, you might see the child of one of the 60,000 Syrian refugees brought here, see her in a basketball uniform, and you will know that she belonged here the minute she was born. You saw the night when “We the North” became more than just a slogan.

'It's a crazy big deal!' Sarah McLachlan to sing O Canada at Raptors-Warriors game

'It's a crazy big deal!' Sarah McLachlan to sing O Canada at Raptors-Warriors game Sarah McLachlan will perform the Canadian anthem at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., where the Toronto Raptors could make history by clinching the NBA title with a win over the Golden State Warriors. Vancouver might not have an NBA team anymore, but it will have a sliver of representation on the floor at Game 6 of the NBA finals Thursday night in Oakland thanks to Sarah McLachlan.

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The Raptors are one win away from a championship, and Jannelle Moore of Golden State of Mind was kind enough to answer some questions for us Powered by Kawhi Leonard’s astounding performance, the Raptors locked in on defense and turned away every attempt by the Warriors to take control of

Sports is about national identity, and who counts. Canada long marketed itself as a tundra of hockey players. It was a white Anglo-French duopoly where the words “indigenous” and “immigrant” were excised from the national narrative. But lately hockey has become too expensive to play, and the children of immigrants have turned to basketball.

Shooting hoops in the rugged Toronto suburbs of my youth, my friends and I often felt as if there was little to strive for beyond that court. We played basketball because there was no room for us in the other institutions of Canadian society. Many of us did not quite know what our country stood for, or where we fit inside it. We didn’t know our own story. That’s why people were so polite here; we were unsure of who we were.

The story of Toronto is the story of the underdog. The British writer V.S. Naipaul once scoffed that Toronto was a “city of lower-class immigrants.” He was perhaps projecting his own insecurities as a child of Trinidad, for there are over 500,000 Caribbean and West Indian immigrants in Canada.

The Afro-Indian heritage of Toronto is inextricably linked to the history of slavery, indentured servitude and empire that gave the world Naipaul himself. The black Canadian population is connected to the Underground Railroad and the destruction of slavery in the United States. The South Asian population is tied to the imperial bloodshed and partition that convulsed India.

Raptors' Game 6 is most-watched NBA game ever in Canada

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So many of us here carry the burdens of migration and know what it means to be strangers in our own skins. This quilted heritage of cultures and histories gives Toronto its unique immigrant ethos, along with the street vernacular of West Indian patois and African-American English. It does not matter where I am standing, when I hear someone say, “Wa’gwan, bruh,” or “What’s good,” I know immediately that we share a private language. We know that we were once displaced, but only recently have we discovered, in all our formless anxiety, that the story of our immigrant lives is now the story of our country.

The Raptors Win, and Canada Learns to Swagger© Tony Avelar/Associated Press Toronto Raptors players and coaches celebrating their victory on Thursday. The Raptors are the first Canadian team to play in the N.B.A. finals.

When we chanted, “We the North,” we meant that for the first time, this city, this country, this team, belonged to us all. We had shaken off our colonial hangover, and finally embraced the swagger that came from being the outsider, the interloper.

Minorities are now a majority in Toronto. In a few decades, the country itself will be majority brown. And on the streets Thursday night we saw the future of the West. No matter what the populists say, the multicultural mixing of peoples will continue, as will the art and beauty and basketball championships that come from this diversity. Beyond the trophy, that’s the greatest victory of all.

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Omer Aziz is the author of the forthcoming “Brown Boy: A Story of Race, Religion, and Inheritance.”

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'I love it': Raptors president Masai Ujiri says he is happy in Toronto.
TORONTO — Masai Ujiri says he appreciates the interest from other NBA clubs, but his roots are in Toronto. The Raptors president held an end-of-season press conference today, in which he talked about his future in Toronto, winning an NBA championship and the growth of basketball in Africa and Canada. Reports surfaced shortly after the Raptors won their first NBA title that the Washington Wizards were preparing a lucrative offer to lure Ujiri out of Toronto. Ujiri's wife is from Washington, and the Wizards were reportedly offering an ownership stake in the team.

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