Despite losing Kawhi Leonard to Clippers, Raptors fans start ‘Thank You Kawhi’ trend

Kawhi Leonard’s free company choice did not go how Toronto followers wished, however Raptors followers are grateful anyway.

The NBA Finals MVP selected the Clippers, as Los Angeles was in a position to carry alongside Paul George in a commerce. Additionally left behind within the Clippers insanity was the choice from taking pictures guard Danny Inexperienced, who agreed to a take care of the Lakers. In order that’s two key gamers Toronto misplaced in the identical evening.

However regardless of Leonard and Inexperienced leaving, most Raptors followers seemed on the optimistic aspect of issues. Leonard and Inexperienced by no means requested to be in Toronto, however they tailored and introduced the town its first NBA Finals win.

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It did not take lengthy earlier than a number of Raptors followers provided their because of Leonard on social media. They even began their very own hashtag #ThankYouKawhi.

Kawhi in Toronto montage


Toronto mayor says goodbye to Kawhi


Raptors, Kawhi owned 2018-19


The Commerce.
The Chortle.
The Enjoyable Man.
The Load Administration.
The Shot.
The Chip.

Thanks for the very best 12 months this nation may’ve requested for. What an affect this has made in basketball for the town & nation. As @fredvanvleet as soon as mentioned, we’ll simply should kick his ass. #ThankYouKawhi

– LOYAL to a TEE (@LOYALtoaTEE) July 6, 2019


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Canada will at all times be grateful


Raptors nonetheless have vibrant future


Raptors had a 77% (17-5) win charge with out Kawhi this 12 months, They have been a 60 win workforce in 2018, their future is Vanvleet, Sikam and Anunoby, they nonetheless have Lowry and Gasol, their led by Masai Ujiri and coached by Nick Nurse, Toronto has an incredible future#NBAtwitter #ThankYouKawhi

– Jay (@JayOnSports) July 6, 2019


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Saying farewell




Kawhi by no means requested to be in Toronto.
Kawhi by no means wished to play in Toronto.
He made probably the most of his time, and poured each ounce of his being into the workforce throughout his brief tenure. Now, all hes doing is constant his profession the best way he initially deliberate.

– ty (@Ieafsdiehard) July 6, 2019


“It seemed inevitable.”


So Kawhi is to the Clippers, and Danny Inexperienced to the Lakers.

Truthfully, when Kawhi mentioned he did not need any brief time period offers, it appeared inevitable, given a rebuild was coming subsequent 12 months anyway.

Nonetheless playoffs, however the highway received WAY more durable.

Nonetheless, #ThankYouKawhi. It was enjoyable. 🙂

– Mark Grondin (@SpectrumPulse) July 6, 2019


“Remember the joy Kawhi brought you this season.”


Within the midst of your disappointment, I hope y’all keep in mind the enjoyment Kawhi Leonard, particularly, introduced you this season, perceive the pull of house & take solace in the truth that the brains of this Raptors operation are nonetheless in tact (possibly with a little bit chip on its shoulder.)

– Laura Armstrong (@lauraarmy) July 6, 2019


Kawhi deserves a standing ovation


Kawhi ought to get a standing ovation each single time he performs in Toronto for the remainder of his life. There should not be a single boo ever.

– Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) July 6, 2019


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Raptors followers perceive


I’m not a millionaire professional basketball participant, however I understand how big the draw of house is. I’ve made profession strikes during the last decade to get nearer to house, and regardless that I handed on some alternatives, they’re among the finest selections I’ve ever made. #ThankYouKawhi

– Waubgeshig Rice (@waub) July 6, 2019


Cannot be mad


Cannot be mad with Kawhi and Danny. They went to the Raptors and gained a championship for Canada. Two of probably the most humble, hardworking NBA gamers right now. Thanks for every thing you probably did this previous season. Good luck with the remainder of your careers! #ThankYouKawhi #ThankYouDanny LEGENDS.

– Hanna 🍌 ZIMZALABIM! (@beanieandbeyond) July 6, 2019


Unhappy Drake emotions


“He didn’t owe us anything.”


The long-lasting Raptors second


Kawhi the legend


Unhappy to see him go


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