The proud story of the Canadian to the Toronto Raptors (Part 2)
The team used are red, purple, black, and especially silver
When everything was needed, Raptors launched a promotional campaign called “We The North” (We from the North). To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the team reopened this campaign with one of the popular promotional products called “I Am Canadian”.
The “We The North” banner was held up as pride
In 2016, at a time when the Raptors had a chance to go far in the history of the team, the Canadian national television station recorded the game 7 match between Raptors – Pacers in the first round of Play-off officially becoming a broadcast program. the most-watched image in this country that day. It peaked at 2.63 million viewers and could be even higher in actual terms.
There are also basketball associations or tournaments in Canada, but the caliber has not reached the level of the NBA. Therefore, the only Canadian representative in the planet’s No. 1 basketball tournament is naturally expected.
Canadians and Americans often scoff at each other in many ways even though they are seen as neighbors. Through the above, we will see that the national pride of Canadians in the Toronto Raptors is not superficial at all.
Hope never turns off
Like most of the expanding clubs in American sports, the Raptors struggled in their early years and much after that. But their first famous soccer hero emerged from the 1998 draft – Vince Carter.
And along with the gradual progress of Tracy McGrady, Raptors NBA Play-off attended for 3 years from 2000 to 2002. The Vince Carter gave the fans feel proud Canadian championship dunk with incomparable in his history, along with bringing the team to an unprecedented depth to the semi-finals in the East.
They stopped in front of the Philadelphia 76ers, but it was enough to satisfy the majority of supporters. The Raptors brand officially flourishes from here. However, the Raptors also suffered a lot of pain when the faith was put in, but then disappointed. In 2004, the team let Vince Carter join the New Jersey Nets, creating a feud between the two teams for many years.
After the Carter era, Chris Bosh emerged as new hope and the Raptors also won many trophies in the 2006-2010 period. Coach Mitchell became the first coach in the team’s history to win the Best Coach award of the year.