Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Raptors Are Done Trying To Convince Kawhi Leonard, VanVleet Says

Raptors Are Done Trying To Convince Kawhi Leonard, VanVleet Says

The Raptors will celebrate their first-ever National Basketball Association championship on Monday with a parade through the streets of Toronto during the day, while the party is expected to carry over deep into the night.

Along the fans celebrating will be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, making a brief visit to Toronto for the event.

"It's just about done and something I'm really looking forward to doing", Nurse said of a deal to coach Canada in the global showdown in China this coming September. A parade-viewing party is also planned in a nearby park to relieve congestion along the route.

Mayor John Tory has proclaimed Monday "We the North Day".

New Balance is also the mastermind behind that epic Kawhi billboard in Oakland at the start of the Finals, and the billboard that went up in Toronto just after the Raptors won the title. "Grandma I know you front row already!"

Nurse said the city's excitement has been a sight to behold.

Fans arrived at Nathan Phillips Square as early as Saturday night to get a spot for the rally and people from around the province and country are expected to arrive in the city today to celebrate the landmark occasion.

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"I think for us, there is nothing more that we can do". I'm excited to see what it's going to be like tomorrow.

Nurse urged fans to be safe during the celebrations when his vehicle was mobbed by fans Monday morning.

Toronto emerged with a 114-110 win, buoyed by excellent performances from Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet.

Leonard, who turns 28 on June 29, is a native of Los Angeles and has been repeatedly in trade rumours linked to his hometown Clippers.

That's an incredibly fair assessment from a player who would surely benefit from Leonard deciding to re-sign in Toronto. He has relentlessly fended off questions about his intentions as a free agent, saying he was focused on winning the championship.

The three-time All-Star is expected to enter free agency on July 1, having come off the best season of his career as he averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.

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