Best of 2019: Walking the streets of Toronto after the Raptors win the NBA championship

Yonge Street in Toronto after Raptors win NBA Championship. Photo by Chris McKee.

One of the most memorable moments in sports in 2019 was the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA Championship over the Golden State Warriors back on June 13.

If you were around when the Raptors first entered the league back in 1995 (like me), it was almost unthinkable that Toronto would ever get to the pinnacle of the NBA. We lived through a 20 year span where the majority of players couldn’t wait to leave at the very first opportunity (ie. Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady) so it almost seemed impossible the Raptors could ever compile a roster that would win an NBA championship.

After Kawhi Leonard’s improbable shot that bounced off the rim for what seemed like an eternity against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Raptors has the sense of a team of destiny.

Heading into game six against Golden State, I had a feeling that tonight was the night so I packed up my video camera and headed downtown and ended up walking the streets of Toronto until 5am capturing the sights and sounds of Raptors fans celebrating their first NBA championship.

I had a live periscope going as well that had thousands of people from all over the world watching. You can check that out here:

Here is my YouTube video of the streets of Toronto following the Raptors win.

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Chris McKee is a Toronto based broadcaster and writer. Chris has done play-by-play for CBC Sports and TSN radio calling professional, college and high school basketball, volleyball and soccer. He also works as a traffic reporter for TSN 1050, News Talk 1010 and Jewel 88.5 and was recently the Social Media Director for Golf Talk Canada on TSN. Prior to working in sports, he was an award winning music agent and concert promoter for 20 years having produced concerts for the likes of Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Wu-Tang Clan, 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake and many more. Author of the book "Life on the road with the Wu-Tang Clan."


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