So as the entire basketball world is well aware, the 2016 NBA All-Star Game is being played in Toronto. For the first time in the game’s history, it will be played north of the border. Now of course as Torontonians, we understand that Toronto is one of the greatest cities in the world and with the game coming up, what better time to show the world what the 6ix is all about than now? Believe me when I say this, there is more to Toronto than Drake and constantly apologizing.
Now if anything, this will be especially useful for James Harden. The last thing the Houston Rockets need is for their star guard to get lost in a big city as he does on defence on a nightly basis. So to make life easy for him, and many others, lets get to know the city of Toronto!
Nightlife, concerts, museums, we got it all! If Kristaps Prozingis wants to take another swaggy picture against a fancy car after his rookie night, Toronto will hook him up. If Kobe Bryant wants a last hurrah to remember, well there really is no better place than Toronto.
Yes, Toronto is the city to some cool tourist spots like the C.N. Tower, Old City Hall, Harbour Front and Ripley’s Aquarium, which I highly recommend by the way, but it is also home for some of the hungriest, most deprived, yet loyal fan bases in all of sports. Whether it is being heartbroken by the Maple Leafs each season since ’67, or being let down by the Jays, Toronto FC and Raptors, Toronto fans stick by their teams and when all the NBA stars come under one roof, you can bet that the atmosphere will be electric!
A multi-cultural metropolis, Toronto has skyrocketed in popularity with the Raptors return to relevance, the Blue Jays becoming World Series contenders and the Leafs management overhaul. Toronto is a city filled with life and if you make your way downtown, you will quickly realize that it is a city that never sleeps.
Fine cuisines, the best beer and as of very recently, we even got snow! Also with a drinking age of 19, Jahlil Okafor can keep his fake ID back at home. Ya, Toronto is a great time.
One thing the basketball world should take notice of is how crazy this fan base really is. In Toronto, we expect the best from our athletes across all sports and we have a very strong desire to be a winning city. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you should have probably noticed that the ‘We the North’ movement has taken Toronto by storm. Toronto fans are the loudest and the proudest of all NBA cities and the All-Star game will just provide more evidence to that fact.
With the Raptors performing exceptionally in the early going of the NBA season, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been spearheading the team’s charge up not only the Eastern Conference, but up the NBA ladder as well. Both are absolutely deserving of an All-Star appearance and it is very probable that both will get in and will represent the city of Toronto. One if not both deserve a starting spot. Our fans will continue voting for our two stars and hopefully we will see one of the Raptor leaders get in as a starter.
20-years ago, the Raptors were nothing more than an expansion team and now they are quickly evolving into a premiere ball club in the NBA. Toronto is no longer just a hockey town. There is so much more to Toronto and you have to be in the heart of the city to experience the electricity of its people and culture. The lights and sounds of the city are what makes it feel so alive 24/7. When NBA All-Star Weekend is wrapped up, there will be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the 2016 experience has been the best one since.
Did I forget to mention that we also have a CFL team? No? Nevermind.