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Basketball gets an energy infusion from the Raptors

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14.06.2019

Today, at basketball courts across Canada, the squeak of sneakers on hardwood and the thump of dribbling balls is a little more energetic thanks to the Toronto Raptors.

Twenty-four years ago, when they first took to the court, subject to jeers from around the National Basketball Association due to their purple jerseys and cartoon-like logo, few people held out much hope the Raptors would become the best team in the world. In fact, there was skepticism that NBA basketball would even catch on in hockey-mad Canada.

And in Vancouver, home of the only other Canadian franchise, it didn't. After a few years of struggling the Grizzlies were moved to Memphis.

But Toronto was different. They played second or even third fiddle to the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays, but the Raps got a claw-hold in Toronto early. They didn't get a lot of respect from the league or NBA stars largely disinterested in playing in........

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