Warriors take full-page ad on Toronto newspaper to congratulate Raptors
The Golden State Warriors took a small gesture of sportsmanship by congratulating the newly-crowned NBA champions Toronto Raptors in bringing their city an NBA title for the first time in their 24-year franchise history.
— Alex Ballingall (@aballinga) June 17, 2019
Golden State had a lot on the line, playing for a dynastic three-peat and losing to a well-studded Raptors team that found a way to push an eight-man rotation to its limits, winning three road games in the process.
The Raptors had perhaps the ballsiest move of the last offseason, trading for Kawhi Leonard with no assurance that he would re-sign with the team.
Yet even if he does leave in free agency, the city of Toronto will have its first professional basketball title thanks to him and the fearless decision to trade their longtime star DeMar DeRozan for a chance to make a run at a title.
The guts on that alone were deserving of a full-page ad, but the move brought plenty of uncertainty, one that was ultimately rewarded with resiliency and strong postseason play, dethroning the two-time champions.