Believe it or not, Raptors saved Canadian self-esteem...

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 Believe it or not, Raptors saved Canadian self-esteem...


The only pity is that the Raptors failed to win at home. Their home stadium is the Canadian Aviation Stadium, which is the joint home of the NHL Toronto Maple Leaf Team and the NBA Toronto Raptors. Before the Raptors whirlwind, Canadians were always obsessed with hockey, not basketball.

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In Canada (population 37.07 million), hockey is the worlds first sport for Canadians. The people here have an unparalleled passion for ice hockey, a sport that is far more national than any other sport. The obvious difference between the naked eye and the ubiquitous street basketball culture in the United States is that when you walk in parks in any Canadian city, you see children holding long ice hockey clubs instead of basketball. They waved clubs and competed in the dry land.

In Canada, no one knows hockey, no one knows hockey, no one does not watch hockey. Naturally, NHL is much more important to Canadians than NBA. A NHL game is always full, and the average ticket price of NHL is tens or even hundreds of dollars higher than that of NBA.

Among the four major professional sports leagues in North America, there are three leagues with Canadian teams, namely MLB (baseball), NBA (basketball), NHL (ice hockey). In addition to the NBA, the Canadian team has won the championship in two other leagues.

For example, MLB, the only Canadian team, Toronto Bluebirds, won two successive titles in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, after more than 10 seasons of silence, so far has not been able to reach the peak again.

NHL is a chapter requiring Canadians to write heavily. In the NHL league, there are seven existing Canadian teams: Calgary Flame, Edmonton Oilman, Montreal Canadian, Senator Ottawa, Toronto Maple Leaf, Vancouver Canadian and Vancouver Jet. These seven teams have won 44 Championships in history, accounting for almost half of the total number of Championships in NHL history. Among them, the most brilliant is the Montreal Canadian, who won 25 Championships in the history of NHL, which is the most frequently won team in the history of NHL. Canadian team ranked second, Toronto Maple Leaf, won 13 titles, while the only other team with double wins was the Detroit Red Wing in the United States, which won 11 titles in its history.

Simply put, in the NHL field, Canadians used to be the hegemony, but thats been going on for many years. The glory of ice hockey has faded. The last time the Canadian team won the NHL title was in 1992-93, when the Montreal Canadian defeated the Los Angeles King 4-1 in the Finals and won the 25th championship in team history.

Even the last time a Canadian team reached the Stanley Cup Final was back to the 2010-11 season (Vancouver Canadian 3-4 Boston Brown Bear).

Undoubtedly, Canadians have been waiting too long for the championship gap of the four major professional sports leagues in North America. They urgently need a champion to release their emotions, restore their confidence and regain their pride.

Which team can do that? No one can give the answer, but one thing is for sure, no one will mention the name of Raptors.

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To be honest, during my time with the Raptors, I really didnt think we had the strength to win the championship.

Thats what former Raptors star Chris Bosh said publicly to the media. During Boshs time, the Raptors were among the best in the East, but they were just empty celebrities. They would be the same every time they played in the playoffs, a round of travelers would be a regular meal, and a second round would be earned. The Raptors had never won an Eastern championship before this season.

Honesty is like Bosh. Where can I hope to win a championship?

In the history of the NBA, there were two Canadian teams that existed together, but they were always 180,000 miles apart from the championship.

In the 1990s, the NBA expanded to Canada, and Grizzlies and Raptors joined the league in 1996. The Grizzlies were in Vancouver and the Raptors were in Toronto, so the NBA had two Canadian teams.

In the six seasons in Vancouver, the Grizzlies never qualified in a playoff match, and at worst they won only eight games in a single season. Such a poor performance naturally does not inspire the NBAs market reaction in Vancouver. In order to improve the teams future development and revenue and expenditure considerations, Grizzlies owner Michael Hasley eventually proposed to move the Grizzlies back to the United States, the League also approved the relevant procedures. Grizzlies officially migrated to Memphis in 2001 and have remained in the city ever since, and the NBA has become the only Canadian seedling like Raptors.

In terms of seniority, the Raptors (24 seasons) and the Grizzlies rank second to last in all NBA teams, only more than the Pelicans (17 seasons). Therefore, it can be imagined that Raptors can not be compared with most NBA teams in terms of team honor, team history record, planetary talent and so on.

But they didnt dream. In the 2015-16 season, the Raptors thought they were close to the dream. The Raptors won 56 games that season, setting a new record in the teams history, and in the playoffs they reached the Eastern Finals historically. Facing the Knights led by LeBron, the strongest knight on earth, they even won two victories.

Its not sweeping, its not gentleman sweeping, its 2-4. Although the score looks good, it is still the result of being eliminated. Lori and Drosan, who bear the name of junk brothers, both extinguished their eyes. The dream that the older Raptors dared not imagine was once again proved to be extravagant.

So when the Raptors broke LeBrons feet again in May last year, many people seemed to have seen the end of the team - rebuilding as well as rebuilding.

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During the off-season, the speculation of countless people seems to be coming true. Merit coach Kathy and Raptors split up, ending his brilliant founding history in this team. The name of the new coach, Nass, is largely unknown. Not only that, but there was an earthquake at the heart of the team, where Drogzen was traded to the Spurs for an unhappy Leonard, who would probably only be here on a one-year lease.

Experts exclaim, Raptors are playing with fire! Theyre betting 99% of the season will fail! Toronto fans are crying, is everything back to square one?

But who would have thought that one year later, the Raptors beat the Cosmos Warriors 4-1 in the finals and won the first championship trophy in team history?

Dont ask Bosh. He wont believe it.

From the first round to the Magic, Raptors gradually entered a good situation, 4-1 won the second round of promotion. With 76 equally powerful men, the Raptors and their opponents competed for seven, and Leonard finally sent the Raptors to the Eastern Final with a magical bullet basket. In the Eastern Finals, they made a reversal against the Bucks led by Ato Kunbo, the alphabet brother of this seasons MVP fever. They won four consecutive games and reached the finals historically.

The summer limit miracles written by the Raptors also set off a city-wide fever in Toronto. As the NHL playoffs coincide with the NBA playoffs, at first Toronto fans were still distracted by the Maple Leaf battle. However, after the Maple Leaf first-round loss to the Boston Brown Bear, the Toronto people put all their energies into the Raptors. Finally, the whole of Canada staged a national-level Raptors fever.

Dont believe it? Lets get some data. In this finals, because of the home advantage of the Raptors, G1 and G2 are held in Toronto. According to the Canadian ratings index, the average number of Canadian viewers in the final G1 is 3.3 million, reaching the peak at the end of the game, which is 4.1 million. Both of these data set a record high for the NBA game to be broadcast in Canada. And then the G2, the record was broken. The average number of G2 viewers in Canada reached 4.3 million, while the highest number of viewers was more than 10 million at one time. The final G5 was also held in Toronto, with more than 6.9 million Canadians watching it. It was Canadas largest live TV show in 2019. If we calculate the network system, the total number of G5 contacts is 13.4 million! In other words, the total audience of the NBA Finals in Canada has reached half of the Canadian population (370.07 million people)! There is no doubt that the Raptors have successfully completed the perfect transition from hockey to basketball for Canadians. With the finals coming to an end, the long championship window for Canadians in the four major professional sports leagues in North America ended with the Raptors. Although the answer was unexpected, the team has become a new hero in the city and the country. Source: Netease Sports Author: Jottettes Editor-in-Charge: Yang Jiankun_NS4215

Dont believe it? Lets get some data. In this finals, because of the home advantage of the Raptors, G1 and G2 are held in Toronto. According to the Canadian ratings index, the average number of Canadian viewers in the final G1 is 3.3 million, reaching the peak at the end of the game, which is 4.1 million. Both of these data set a record high for the NBA game to be broadcast in Canada. And then the G2, the record was broken. The average number of G2 viewers in Canada reached 4.3 million, while the highest number of viewers was more than 10 million at one time.

The final G5 was also held in Toronto, with more than 6.9 million Canadians watching it. It was Canadas largest live TV show in 2019. If we calculate the network system, the total number of G5 contacts is 13.4 million! In other words, the total audience of the NBA Finals in Canada has reached half of the Canadian population (370.07 million people)!

There is no doubt that the Raptors have successfully completed the perfect transition from hockey to basketball for Canadians.

With the finals coming to an end, the long championship window for Canadians in the four major professional sports leagues in North America ended with the Raptors. Although the answer was unexpected, the team has become a new hero in the city and the country.