It’s hard to say when the Raptors will win their second championship, and it’s a bit of a shame to talk about it on such a night. The fact is, the Raptors made history and became the first non-American team to win the NBA title.
In fact, strictly speaking, the Raptors and the Grizzlies who have now moved to Memphis are not the first Canadian teams. When we turn to the history of the NBA, we can see that in the 1946-1947 season, a team named Toronto Huskies played in ABA for one year. However, the translation at that time generally called this team the Toronto Eskimo Team.
With the development of professional sports in the United States, as a neighbor of the United States, professional sports in Canada and the United States have long been inseparable. NHL’s official name is the North American Professional Ice Hockey League, not the “American Professional Ice Hockey League”. The popularity of hockey in Canada has made the NBA envious. The NBA has never abandoned its plan to expand to Canada in its history.
It’s easy to imagine using a patchwork of players to play in the NBA. In the first season of the Raptors’NBA, they were 21-61, ranking third from bottom in the league. Only Philadelphia 76 and fellow Grizzlies from Canada did worse than they did.
Over the next few years, the Raptors chose Chris Bosh, the hairless warrior Villanueva, and the champion Barney. Although all but Bosh were embarrassing, they succeeded in continuing the enthusiasm of Toronto fans.
During this period, the Vancouver Grizzlies were hit hard by Francis’s refusal to join and moved to Memphis at the end of the 2000-2001 season. Since 2001, the Raptors have become the only NBA team outside the United States.
Derozan became the main bargaining chip for Leonard and Danny Green, Wallen Younas and Wright became the main bargaining chip for Pau Gasol, Terence Ross traded Ibaka, Siakam, Anunobi and Vanvleet grew into the main force of the team, together with Lorry from the Rockets, which formed the main rotation team for the Raptors to win the championship this season.
In 24 years, the Toronto team has finally evolved to become the league’s new champion in science.