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Northern Basketball Association

John Turnbull

Posted on June 8, 2019 09:53

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It looks like Larry O'Brien is heading to the Great White North

Along with the NFL and MLB, the NBA is identified as the epitome of American sports. And now, because of the Toronto Raptors, it appears that a non-American team will hoist the championship trophy. What a travesty! How dare those darn Canadians take our trophy! The world is truly ending! Well, not quite.

First of all, boo hoo, Americans. Canada's national sport, hockey, has not seen a Canadian team win the Stanley Cup since 1993, the Montreal Canadians. The solace in this is that over 70% of the players in the NHL are Canadian born, and the same can be said for the NBA. So, it's Americans playing on a Canadian team that are winning the title.

Secondly, although identified as an American sport, basketball was invented in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by a Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith. So some 130 years later, the sport has come home. It's interesting to note that the basket originally still had the bottom on it, so after every score, one had to climb a ladder and fish the ball out. A pair of scissors fixed that nonsense.

Last, much like the Toronto Blue Jays winning back-to-back World Series in 1992-93, this will be the only time the Raptors will win an NBA title. It just doesn't fit the script.

But we're coming. Since 2011, nine Canadians have been chosen in the first round, including Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. So I'll finish this article off with our most famous Canadian NBA players, a pathetically short, but growing list: 1)Todd MacCulloch - who spent a whopping 4 seasons in the NBA and averaged a paltry 6.0 pts/game. But he was awesome at pinball! 2) Corey Joseph - averages only 8.0 pts/game as a bench warmer but is one of only 5 Canadians to hoist the NBA trophy with the Spurs. 3) Kelly Olynyk - already ranks as one of the top Canadian scorers of all time. 4) Tristan Thompson - a 10pt/8 rebound per game guy known more for his defense, and finally, the mack daddy of Canadian basketball: Steve Nash - what needs to be said about him?

So don't mourn too long when the Raptors drink champagne from Larry O'Brien's mug this Sunday. Things will be back to normal soon.

John Turnbull

Posted on June 8, 2019 09:53

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