Raptors, fans take to Toronto streets to celebrate National Basketball Association championship

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Lowry was named to his fifth consecutive All-Star team in the 2018-19 season, averaging 14.2 points, 8.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds and battling through back issues to provide crucial contributions for his team.

This is the unfortunate reality that faithful San Antonio Spurs fans had to endure last season as the soft-spoken small forward Kawhi Leonard demanded a trade from the tight-knit Alamo community to play for a bigger market like NY or Los Angeles. Green will also be a free agent this summer and said he'd like to return to Toronto. Ujiri, who was not available Sunday, is expected to speak at Monday's parade, which will finish in the square outside Toronto's city hall. "Grandma I know you front row already!"

As millions of fans head into the city's downtown for the parade, they may be happy to learn that there's even more incentive to look forward to for showing up.

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Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns the franchise, initially said the whole team would arrive at Toronto's Pearson International Airport around 9 p.m. eastern time, but on Saturday afternoon said most of the players would extend their trip.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to be among those celebrating, with a brief visit to Toronto planned for later in the day. Current Premier Doug Ford has said he intends to watch this event with the masses. His press secretary said Ford wants the day to be about the fans and players, not politicians. Enthusiastic fans festooned the streets of Toronto in Raptors colors - red, purple, black and white.

Leonard, 27, led the the Raps to their first National Basketball Association championship in franchise history, but has steadfastly refused to address his future plans. It's the first time the Raptors have won it all and, with all due respect to the Toronto FC of the MLS, the biggest win in Canadian sports since the Blue Jays took the World Series in 1993. If not, how will you be celebrating today?

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