Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 20 September 2019

With the Raptors’ playoff run, Canada has become a nation of nets

– and not the kind you shoot pucks into

As many as 20,000 fans celebrate the Raptors third victory over Golden State in the NBA Finals at Celebration Square at Mississauga city centre on June 7, 2019.
As many as 20,000 fans celebrate the Raptors third victory over Golden State in the NBA Finals at Celebration Square at Mississauga city centre on June 7, 2019.

He says he feels “more involved” with a basketball than he ever did with a puck. Trey adds that there is so much more scoring in basketball that a game never gets dull, never seems locked up.

Today, the hockey net has been shoved off the driveway and into the bushes to make more room for the boys and girls who gather to shoot baskets and work on their between-the-legs dribble. Fisher wears a Raptors T-shirt, Trey a Kawhi Leonard jersey with No. 2 on the back. He wears the jersey to watch each Raptors game, and when he is sent to bed at the half, he lovingly spreads it over his bed so it will be the first thing he sees when he wakes.

Monday, however, he will wear it until the end.

“This,” Trey says, “is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – 24 years and the Raptors are in the finals.”

Updated: June 11, 2019 01:17 PM

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