CANADA HAS BECOME A HOTBED OF BASKETBALL AND THE YANKS ARE PAYING ATTENTION

MICHAEL POWELL in the Sunday New York Times, June 8/2019 – “While the N.B.A.’s on-the-ground presence is just a TORONTO thing, basketball is increasingly pan-Canadian. Montreal North, a working-class corner, has produced pros and near pros. British Columbia, too, is formidable . . . the Saskatoon and Calgary basketball scenes are packed with Sudanese and Cameroonians, and are comers.”“The TORONTO Raptors, who will face the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the N.B.A. finals on Monday night, are just the visible and celebrated symbol of an impressive north-of-the-border hoops explosion. Hockey remains Canada’s king, but basketball is its restive crown prince.”TORONTO’s mayor, JOHN TORY, has often sported his fashionable RAPTORS-themed jacket, and for years – through thick and thin – has been a stalwart fan. (The loud black jacket is covered with gold Raptors logos.)It’s a great story with lots of photographs and the emphasis is on neighbouring MISSISSAUGA. The NY Times’ website address for ‘Canada Becomes A Basketball Factory’https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/08/sports/basketball/toronto-basketball.html

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