Raptors preseason attendance at their pre-season games in place like Montreal (last night) and Vancouver last weekend are showing that they are ‘Canada’s Team’ - much like the Jays - even though some posters here hate it when that term is used.
The Vancouver game sold out in 20 minutes - and last night loud cheers for the Raps - especially when local guy Chris Boucher hit a couple of three pointers late in the game as the Raps coasted over Brooklyn last night in Montreal. With some big $$$ folks in each city dreaming of NBA franchises for those cities. Pipedreams might be the more accurate description.
The game was played against the backdrop of a news conference earlier in the day touting the possibility of an NBA expansion franchise. Former politician Michel Fortier and Kevin Gilmore, the one-time chief operating officer of the Canadiens, made their case in a presentation to the Montreal Board of Trade. There are a few obstacles in the way, starting with Fortier’s admission that the NBA has no immediate plans for expansion. The best-case scenario has the NBA adding teams after it finalizes a new TV contract in 2025. When the NBA does expand, there are cities like Seattle, Louisville, San Diego and Mexico City in the queue ahead of Montreal.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/we-re-ready-to-have-one-film-director-would-love-to-see-nba-return-to-vancouver-1.4850982
The Grizzlies may be long gone, but if there's any doubt aboutVancouver's appetite for professional basketball,look no further than the Toronto Raptors'pre-seaongame attendance. For their fourth visit to Vancouver in five years, tickets for the Raptors gamesold out in less than 20 minutes. Attendance for the game was 18,654. For her part,Jaymeis 100 per cent on board with bringing a team back to the city. "That's one of the main goals of this film, to get the conversation going to start a movement. Let's bring a team back to Vancouver. We want one, we need one and we're ready to have one."