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The Golden State Warriors aren’t letting their NBA Finals defeat or their mounting hospital bills turn them into haters. The team showed Monday it’s still very much willing to show respect where it is due.
The Western Conference champions took out a full page ad in the Toronto Star on Monday congratulating the Raptors on their championship, the first for a team based in Canada. The Raptors defeated Golden State in a six-game series that featured key injuries to several Warriors, including stars Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.
The print, which was timed to run on the same day as Toronto’s championship parade, features Stephen Curry and Toronto guard Kyle Lowry sharing a postgame embrace and reads:
“The Golden State Warriors congratulate the Toronto Raptors on their historic achievement and bringing the 2019 NBA Championship to the City of Toronto.”
Twitter users voiced near unanimous approval for the gesture.
This shows true sportsmanship.
— Jane 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 (@CanuckCatLady) June 17, 2019
Classy move by the #Warriors to take out a full-page ad in the Toronto Star to congratulate the #Raptors. A half-page ad for beating half a team would’ve been more appropriate though! pic.twitter.com/AuMwpfRUSe
— Brian Noe (@TheNoeShow) June 17, 2019
On the day the Toronto #Raptors held their championship parade, the Golden State #Warriors took a full-page ad out of the “Toronto Star” to congratulate the franchise on its first title. #NBAhttps://t.co/EsqA3Wn1VR
— Magic Beans (@DeanJC420) June 17, 2019
— Neesha Dhani (@ncdhani) June 17, 2019
NBA oddsmakers are already betting against either team claiming the Larry O’Brien Trophy next season. The Lakers are followed by Milwaukee, the Clippers and Houston on the early odds to win it all.
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