Wright hopes Raptors win inspires more Fil-Canadians to make basketball jump
Paul Lintag on Jun 16, 2019 06:11 AM
Toronto’s NBA championship was everything Matthew Wright expected it to be and then some.
Phoenix’s Matthew Wright has earlier said that an NBA title win by the Raptors would absolutely be special not only for the city of Toronto but for the whole of Canada.
But after the Raptors finally pulled it off, conquering the 2019 NBA Finals after following a 4-2 series win over the Golden State Warriors, the Fil-Canadian PBA star is over the moon.
Toronto’s NBA championship was everything Wright expected it to be and then some.
“I truly didn’t believe that I would witness a Toronto championship in my lifetime,” Wright said.
“But you know, the basketball gods were good to us. You hate to see the injuries, especially with KD and Klay, but I’ll take it. I’ll take the championship,” he added.
Up 3-1 in the series and with Game 5 in Toronto, the Raptors let a 103-97 lead slip away and the Warriors took a slim one-point win on the road.
Back in Oakland for Game 6, the Raptors had to hold strong in the fourth quarter and grinded out a four-point victory to claim the title, their first in franchise history.
Wright was a nervous wreck as the last two games of the 2019 NBA Finals went down the wire.
“You guys don’t even know, everyone in the locker rooom was just laughing at me. No one can speak to me and everyone was making fun of me,” Wright said.
“It was just a lot of fun. The moments that happened in the last week, I’ll never forget,” he added.
With this Raptors win, Wright hopes that it can inspire a lot of people, including his young boy who’s in Toronto right now.
“37 million people all rooting for one team, it’s special. I hope my son in Toronto gets inspired by this,” he said.
“And I hope that the Raptors will inspire a new generation of Filipino-Canadians. I feel like you’re gonna see more Filipino-Canadians coming into the PBA, NCAA, UAAP. You’re gonna see a lot make that jump and be inspired,” Wright added.
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