Raptor fans still hoping for Toronto’s first NBA Championship

May 30th photo from Tuk Mayor Merven Gruben and Inuvialuit Raptor Fans (Submitted by Merven Gruben).

The Northwest Territories has no shortage of sport fans, or athletes. But since members of Oilers Nation have little to cheer about this playoff season, Jurassic Park North, and #WeTheNorth is sweeping across the tundra.

“A lot of people cheer whenever there is a Canadian team in the running. A lot of people are picking up cheering for sports teams as long as they’re from Canada,” says former Sir John Franklin Falcon, and Deline Self Government Negotiator Danny Gaudet.

Gaudet like many new Raptor fans were disappointed in last night’s game five loss to the Golden State Warriors, but hasn’t lost faith in Kahwi Leonard, and the deep bench Toronto has.

“Toronto has a strong bench, and whenever they need guys on the floor they have team depth. Golden State only has three or four star players, and not as much depth on their team. Toronto had a hard time scoring, but it was the whole team. I think they can take in Golden State,” explained Gaudet.

Fans in the Beaufort Delta got a shout out after a shot from Fred VanVleet, “and that three is good from Tuktoyaktuk.”

Mayor Merven Gruben of Tuktoytaktuk was glad to hear the shout out during game five. He and fans in Tuk shared a photo on May 30th, with the #WeTheNorth slogan, standing in front of a sign that reads, Arctic Ocean.

Even Kevin Durant, aka K.D., fans have jumped on the Raptor bandwagon, like PJ Wedzin.

“Canada is rallying behind the raptors, Durant shouldn’t have came back for this game. He’s been my favorite player since he started with Oklahoma City. It was disgusting to see the Raptor fans in Toronto cheer when KD went down. You never wish an injury on a player, and that was ridiculous,” added Wedzin.

All Raptor fans who spoke with CKLB are hopeful the Raptors will claim their first championship on the road  Thursday evening.

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Josh Campbell
Start your morning with the Splash on Denendeh Sunrise from 7:30-8:30am. Campbell was trained and mentored by longtime CKLB host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Prior to hosting the morning show and filling in on the Saturday Request Show, he had stints in the Yukon on CKRW the Rush, CBC North in Yellowknife, and began his broadcasting career at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving North he was born and raised on the banks of the Tobique River, the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet First Nation.