Superfan Nav Bhatia doesn’t think the Raptors should retire Kawhi Leonard’s jersey
Nav Bhatia, the Raptors fan who’ve watched all of the team’s games since it came into the NBA back in 1995, told Luke Fox of Sports Net Canada that Leonard’s jersey should never be raised into the rafters of Scotiabank Arena, even after the All-Star forward led the team to its first-ever NBA championship last season.
He added that Kawhi isn’t the main reason for Toronto’s title victory, emphasizing that it was a team effort.
“[The championship] was not just because of him. It was because of [Fred] VanVleet. It was because of Marc Gasol guarding [Joel] Embiid. It was because of [Kyle] Lowry playing his heart out. It was a lot of people. Not just because of Kawhi,” Bhatia said.
“People are giving him more credit than they should. He’s part of a team. For me, it’s everybody: Kawhi, [Serge] Ibaka, Lowry was huge, VanVleet was huge in Golden State in Game 6, when he made those three-pointers… and God assisted us. That was the biggest assist I’ve seen in 24 years, in the Philadelphia game.”
The Raptors traded for Kawhi back in 2018, knowing full well that he would become a free agent and could leave the team one year later. That is exactly what happened, as Leonard opted to join the Los Angeles Clippers.
Bhatia is grateful for Leonard’s efforts, just like most Raptors fans, but retiring Leonard’s jersey is too much for him.