Klay Thompson's stunning words to Steve Kerr after tearing ACL

Oscar Cross
June 15, 2019

It was a night of firsts at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California - as the only Canadian team in the NBA, the Raptors' win on Thursday therefore marked the first time Canada had nabbed the basketball title.

The Warriors star tore his ACL after an awkward landing with 2:22 left in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors. "And I think a lot of kids don't think that it's possible. This is awesome man", said Toronto guard Kyle Lowry.

Toronto can sign Leonard to a five-year, US$190-million deal, about $50 million more than he could make on a four-year deal with another squad.

"Bringing the NBA Championship to Toronto is the realization of a goal for our team and players and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate together with our fans".

The end of the Warriors' first season without a title since 2017 signals the official beginning of a move across the Bay to San Francisco as they'll tip off the 2019-2020 season in the brand-new Chase Center in October, just up 3rd St. from Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

"I came to a team, a new coach, and that mindset was the same as mine". It's kind of how do you respond and how hard you work to try and get back to the stage.


On Toronto's second-last possession, Leonard was swarmed by Warriors as he finally got a pass off to Danny Green.

"He might be the toughest guy I've ever seen in my life", center Kevon Looney said. "Two months of playoff basketball, they never seemed exhausted to me". Klay started towards the locker room before turning around in the hallway, coming back out to shoot his free throws so he would have the option of returning later in the game. To complicate matters even further, both Durant and Thompson are set to enter free agency.

"But it's just the way it's gone".

Leonard is one of several marquee potential free agents, a group that includes Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

While some fans are eager to see the Raptors finish off the Warriors in Game 6, there may be some businesses who wouldn't mind a Game 7 either. He was the game's leading scorer with 30 points before the injury.

Once the game ended with Toronto beating the Golden State Warriors 114-110, officers say the group made its way onto Richmond Street and the southbound lanes were closed for about an hour as celebrations continued. "But our DNA and who we are and the character that we have on this team, I wouldn't bet against us being back on this stage next year and going forward".

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