So the NBA season finally came to an end on Thursday as it crowned a new champion in the Toronto Raptors, it was there very first championship in their franchise’s history at the same time, the defending champion in the Golden State Warriors had their five-year finals run come to an abrupt end. It has been the first time in the history of the NBA, were the Larry O’Brien trophy came north of the Border, mind you no one ever thought that an NBA franchise would ever get the kind of love and support like the Toronto Raptors have in their 24 year existence, and the reason I say that is because Toronto and Canada as a Country is known for its love of Hockey, basketball was the furthest thing from the minds of the people of Canada, But this playoff run by the Raptors united a Country as one and cheered it’s only Basketball team loud and proud. Let’s go back for a second though and look at this team’s overall history, the Raptors came into the league in 1995 and the first few years were very challenging in terms of wins and losses and personnel, as the team had players come and go most notably Vince Carter, Tracy Mcgrady, Damon Stoudamire and Chris Bosh, out of these names I mentioned only Chris Bosh went on to win a championship not with the Raptors but with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, when he decided to team up with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. Speaking of Lebron James he was another thorn in the side of the Raptors as he swept the Raptors, in last year’s playoffs, and had beaten them in the playoffs prior to that so the general manager Masai Ujiri decided to make a bold move in the offseason and trade a franchise player in Demar DeRozan Jacob Poeltl, and a protected first-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, Ujiri took a chance on a player that probably wouldn’t after the end of the 2018-19 season but it was a risk he had to take and it paid off and the Raptors became NBA Champions in 2019 and the rest, as they say, is history.

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