TORONTO - Monday was Raptors Day in Toronto.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly proclaimed the day Monday in Nathan Phillips Square with the help of Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, player Greivis Vasquez and mascot the Raptor.
“Good Raptors morning,” Kelly told a small crowd of Raptors fans in front of City Hall.
He saluted the Raptors for their 48-win season and playoff run (which ended with a first-round, Game 7 loss to the Brooklyn Nets).
“We’ve been doubting ourselves lately — our static economy, the friction between the downtown and the suburbs, a sense of being overwhelmed by the challenges of our success, the disturbing revelations of our leadership, and the sudden, unexpected onslaught of an aggressive nature haven’t ranked these past few years as among our best,” Kelly said. “Then along came the Raptors … first in their conference and in the playoffs. The magic word: Playoffs.”