Wednesday was the return of Kawhi Leonard to Toronto as he and the Clippers were in town to faceoff with the NBA Champion.
Toronto Raptors, but before the start of the game, Kawhi received his championship ring as he was apart of the Raptors team that defeated the Golden State Warriors this past June.
The best part about the pre-game intros wasn’t just Kawhi receiving his championship ring, which was presented to him by his former teammate Kyle Lowry.
But it was the 20,000 fans at Scotiabank Arena chanting M.V.P. as Kawhi Leonard was being introduced as he now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Raptors didn’t play as well on Wednesday as they did on November 11, 2019, when they held Kawhi to all of 12 points. Kawhi finished Wednesday’s game with 23 points as the Clippers handed the home team their third straight loss, losing 112-92.
As great as it was for both the fans and players to see Kawhi, I feel that the home team forgot they had a game to play and to be honest, I can’t really blame them, Kawhi did something for this franchise that no other superstar could do, and that is bringing the city of Toronto it’s first-ever Basketball Championship that was 25 years in the making.
Kawhi may have gone back home to California, but I feel that he will always have a home in Toronto; Kawhi is someone that will never be booed by the Raptor faithful. And I hope someday there will be a statue of Kawhi outside the Air Canada Centre as a tribute to Kawhi and the Championship run he helped lead in 2018.
I feel it will be something that will never be done again.