“Canada! The NBA title is YOURS!”
Those words, from the mouth of my man Matty D, rang true to the ears of this life-long basketball fan from Ontario. Living in Vancouver though, I could only think of one thing sweeter: “Vancouver! The NBA title is YOURS!”
The Raptors win has lead to lots of speculation on the NBA returning to Vancouver after the explosion of fan support across the country. I saw the party on Granville street after the Raptors win, and this in a city which usually turns its nose up to ANYTHING the people of Toronto achieve.
The video has some very encouraging and revealing quotes:
“We need the Grizzlies to come back. We need a basketball team here. That’s what we need.”
Guy celebrating the Raps win, first comment is still we need a team in Vancouver
“I’m convinced that it could come back. It’s just a matter of timing.” Arthur Griffiths, former Grizzlies ownerTweet
“In retrospect, I wish we had a team in Vancouver right now. I think, clearly, Canada can handle two teams.” Adam Silver NBA CommissionerTweet
“There’s just no doubt in my mind that we’d be one of those stories in sport where I think we’d go years and years and years without an empty seat.”Arthur GriffithsTweet
Fans want the team back, a former owner knows we’d be a success, and even the commissioner of the league openly states that there should be a team here and regrets that there isn’t.
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