Toronto Raptors Win Team National Title Of The Year
Basketball fans across Canada have cheered on the Toronto Raptors, gathering around televisions in bars, living rooms and even public places for large-scale television broadcasts.
M asai Ujiri has long dubbed the Raptors as Canada’s team – and for a few magical weeks last spring, they really were.
“The frenzy created by our elimination round brought together all the fans in the country,” said the team president. Wherever we looked – Montreal, Vancouver – fans were there. ”
“We have always said it; it is a team, a country, and if we are able to bring all the elements together and we are efficient, then support will be generalized. We have seen it. ”
On Saturday, the Raptors were rewarded for their historic conquest of the NBA title by unsurprisingly winning the 2019 Canadian Press Team of the Year title.
Sixty-one of the 67 votes were cast for the Raptors in a poll of commentators and officials from sports media across the country.
“The whole country is behind the Raptors. Over a million people gathered in downtown Toronto. This is truly a remarkable achievement, ”said Phil King, director of sports for The Globe and Mail.
The Canadian Davis Cup team, which was a finalist in the finals in the fall, finished second with five votes. Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan, gold medalists at the Beach Volleyball World Championships, finished third with one vote.
Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the honor in 2018. Only one basketball team – the Canadian team that won the FIBA U19 World Cup in 2017 – had already won this title.
The Raptors became the first Canadian team to win a championship in one of the top four North American leagues since the Toronto Blue Jays World Series in 1992 and 1993.
The Raptors, made up of many underrated players, have won the hearts of fans. They defied the law of probability, winning despite the fact that they did not field any star players from the NBA draft – their leader Kawhi Leonard was ranked highest, ranking 15th.
Star tennis player Bianca Andreescu won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Trophy on Thursday, presented to Canadian Athlete of the Year by The Canadian Press, while hard worker Mikaël Kingsbury made his mark on Friday with the Lionel-Conacher Prize , awarded to the Canadian male athlete of the year for the second year in a row.