The Raptors are one win away from profitable the NBA championship.
Toronto reached the finals for the primary time in franchise historical past this season and can enter Sport 6 towards the Warriors on Thursday at Oracle Enviornment with a 3-2 sequence lead. If the Raptors fall in Golden State, they will have one other probability to shut it out at house Sunday.
Title-winning groups are usually invited to the White Home. However, would the Raptors obtain an invite, regardless that they’re primarily based in Canada?
There’s precedent for a staff from Canada celebrating in Washington, D.C. after taking house a title of their respective league. The Toronto Blue Jays gained the World Collection in 1992 and visited with President George H. W. Bush that December.
“America is proud of you,” Bush stated when extending the invite. “It’s America’s pastime, and we salute whoever wins.”
The Blue Jays, nevertheless, repeated as champions one yr later and didn’t journey to america capital.
In the meantime, there are seven NHL groups in Canada and the final Stanley Cup champion from that group was the Montreal Canadiens in 1992-93. They didn’t participate in a White Home celebration, though they had been reportedly invited by then President Invoice Clinton.
The Raptors, after all, may safe a title, obtain an invite and elect to not go, as a number of groups have finished through the administration of President Donald Trump and at varied different factors over the previous few a long time.
The Warriors, the two-time defending NBA champions, haven’t been invited to the White Home throughout Trump’s administration, which started in early 2017.
Whereas the Raptors could or could not attend a ceremony in Washington, they will virtually actually participate in some form of festivities at Rideau Corridor, the official residence of the Canadian monarch and their consultant, in Ottawa, Ontario. They’d possible meet with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau there, as effectively.
“All Canadians are behind the Toronto Raptors, and we are cheering them on every step of the way,” Eleanore Catenaro, a spokeswoman for the prime minister’s workplace, informed the Washington Occasions. “The team has already made history, and we would absolutely be honored to invite them to Parliament.”
Sport 6 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors will tip off Thursday at 9 p.m. If Golden State wins that matchup, Toronto would host Sport 7 on Sunday at eight p.m.