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Video: Raptors fans shower Barack Obama with cheers and MVP chants

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Raptors fans in Toronto welcomed former U.S. president Barack Obama with open arms in the 2019 NBA Finals.

Obama sat at courtside of Scotiabank Arena during Game 2 of the Finals featuring the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors. The Warriors prevailed, 109-104, to knot the series at a game apiece.

Cameras zoomed in on Obama, whose image came up on the jumbotron with 5:16 left in the second quarter. Raptors fans gave him a standing ovation and changed “MVP,” per Yahoo Sports Canada’s official Twitter account.

USA TODAY’s Josh Peter and Jeff Zillgitt reported on Obama’s NBA Finals appearance on June 2.

Former president Barack Obama was in attendance for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night at the Scotiabank Arena.

Obama, the 44th U.S. president, was seen walking into the arena with Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Uriji. He was then seen sitting in the stands next to NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the game began.

Obama has rubbed elbows with the Warriors before. He hosted them at the White House once during his tenure. He also met Warriors players and officials when they visited Washington D.C. last season, per NBC Sports Bay Area’s Marcus White.

Obama also visited Ayesha Curry’s (wife of Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry) restaurant on President’s Day earlier this year. Obama also took the stage with Stephen Curry during a town hall discussion as part of an Obama Foundation event in Oakland in February.

Obama is a known sports enthusiast. He roots for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA and the Chicago White Sox in Major League Baseball. It’s obvious his passion for basketball hasn’t waned one bit. We hope to see more of him in the 2019 NBA Finals in the next few days.