Khawi Leonard helps Raptors take down Golden State Warriors

The Lakers finally have their man: Anthony Davis is traded to Los Angeles

I totally get wanting to get a good seat, but if I were a Raps fan, I don't think I'd go that early in the hopes of snagging a good one.

So far, at least, there is no estimate - official or unofficial - about the size of the crowd.

Others huddled near pillars in Nathan Phillips Square even as the team and several dignitaries - including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - remained on stage. "I'm looking forward to seeing the whole team".

Toronto mayor John Tory proclaimed June 17, 2019, as "We The North" day to mark the occasion, borrowing the slogan used by the Raptors.

The last time the city held a sports celebration of this magnitude was after the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.

The celebratory parade began on the grounds of Exhibition Place before it moved east on Lake Shore Boulevard then turned north onto York Street and University Avenue. "To finally be able to deliver is pretty special".

The Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse then headed down the parade route with his family followed by Wayne Embry, senior basketball advisor for the Raptors, and his wife.

They were expected to spend Friday night partying in Las Vegas before flying home Saturday. "I haven't seen anything like this happen in the city before so it's great to be apart of it".

Along with multiple All-Defensive team selections, All-NBA team selections and All-Star Game appearances that help made Leonard's time with the Spurs so memorable, perhaps one of the most impressive accomplishments was winning back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2015 and 2016.

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. The crowd chanted "one more year" at Kawhi, but Lowry was far more ambitious. But the Raptors can give him a longer term (maximum five years) and more money on a contract than anybody else.

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