This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada. We had turkey and all the fixings at my parents’ house and we did the cheesy thing where everyone at the table says something they’re thankful for. Most people said things like “I’m thankful for this house,” or “I’m really glad I have good health,” etc. And me? Well, I didn’t actually say this, but I’m thankful for the Raptors.
I’m thankful that Kyle Lowry signed another contract extension. HECK YEAH! KLow has been with the team for seven years now and we’ve never loved him more. He’s talked openly about how he loves raising his kids in the T Dot. He had a career-best assists streak this past season, six straight games of double-digit assists. He wore that epic retro dino jersey during the celebratory parade after the championship win. He has been a leader, both talent-wise and attitude-wise, since the day he arrived in the great wide/white North. Yep, I’m thankful for Kyle.
I’m thankful that even though their most skilled players didn’t participate, the Raptors played a solid game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. 14 points is not very much! OG, Davis, McCaw, and my Canadian boy Chris Boucher led the team and I, for one, was proud of their heart and hustle. Go team! Oh, and even though they’ve since waived him, Sagaba Konate had a picture-perfect dunk. Well done, sir.
I’m thankful that in 1993 the NBA awarded an NBA franchise to John Bitove and Allan Slaight of Toronto, Canada.
I’m thankful that Kawhi Leonard spent a few months in the 6 and led an already-powerful team to an even more powerful position, and fans around the globe prepared for a level of excitement they’d never experienced before.
I’m thankful that in the spring of 2019, the first and only NBA team in Canada won the NBA championship.
Let’s all raise a glass of my mom’s famous non-alcoholic punch as we gaze at the leftover turkey casserole on the table in front of us and toast to the gift that is the Raptors. I’m thankful.