The Toronto Raptors were just crowned NBA Champions and already details for their championship parade are being announced.
As Toronto parties in the streets tonight, we can mark our calendars for this Monday, June 17 for the parade to celebrate the Game 6 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the Princes’ Gates at Exhibition Place and run east along Lakeshore Boulevard until York St., run north on York and University Avenue and end up at Nathan Phillips Square via Queen St. by 12:30 p.m.
From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square there will be what they’re calling a fan rally and Championship celebration.
There will also be a Parade Viewing Party at Coronation Park near Exhibition Place at 711 Lakeshore Boulevard West.Detailed information on road closures will be announced at a later time.
Toronto will celebrate its first-ever NBA championship in Raptors franchise history on Monday when the team parades the Larry O’Brien trophy through the city streets.
Watch full coverage of the parade on Sportsnet, Citytv or right here on sportsnet.ca beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET / 6:30 a.m. PT on Monday morning. The broadcast will be hosted by Sportsnet’s Tim & Sid and Dina Pugliese-Mirkovich of Breakfast Television.
The Raptors will begin the parade at Exhibition Place at 10 a.m., then make their way to Nathan Phillips Square for a celebration rally at 12:30 p.m.
TORONTO – Danny Green was just about to turn 27 when he won an NBA title for the first time in his life in 2014 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.
A year prior to that he made his first NBA Finals ever in just his fourth year as a pro.
And a year before that, in 2012, he competed in his first conference finals.
It had been a blessed career for Green after his early struggles coming through the NBA D-League and finding a home with the Spurs, and he didn’t realize just how fortunate his career really was.
After winning the title in 2014, Green’s Spurs were bounced in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015, followed up by a second-round exit in 2016 and another first-round loss in 2018.
There was a brief glimmer of return to form in 2017 when the Spurs returned to the conference finals, but that ended in a four-game sweep to the Golden State Warriors.
As such, what Green accomplished with his new team, the Toronto Raptors, in beating those same Warriors this year to claim his second NBA title certainly isn’t something he’s taking for granted. Now, he’s realized just how tough of a challenge it is to even make it back to the Finals — let alone win it all.
“I definitely appreciate it more this time around because I know how hard it was,” Green said Sunday at the OVO Athletic Centre. “I was pretty spoiled in San Antonio. We went to a bunch of Western Conference Finals, we’ve won a lot, got to the Finals back-to-back years. … A lot of us never make it there and I kind of understood that more as these last five years have past, how hard it was to get there and also to get it done.”