Toronto mayor gives Raptors star Kawhi Leonard key to city

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Now, June 17 joins that historic day as another momentous date on the calendar of Raptors fans.

Many said they decided not to go to school or work so they could attend the massive celebration.

"Let's not be foolish, " Green said.

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"I think for us, there is nothing more that we can do", VanVleet said, as quoted on Sports Illustrated.

Center Marc Gasol said Sunday that Leonard's elite two-way game makes him "one of a kind".

The festivities were put on hold while several people, including Raptors coach Nick Nurse and broadcaster Matt Devlin spoke to the crowd, in an effort to keep them calm.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to be among those celebrating, with a brief visit to Toronto planned for later in the day.

"I heard we getting 2million got the parade", said point guard Kyle Lowry and longest-serving Raptor in a tweet Monday. Green will also be a free agent this summer and said he'd like to return to Toronto.

Nurse, 51, said his experience as an assistant coach with Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics was an impetus for wanting to coach Team Canada.

After declaring Monday "We The North" day, Mayor John Tory encouraged Toronto employers to allow their employees to take off some time to celebrate the event.

The Raptors will travel the parade route in open-air double-decker buses with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in tow, according to team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Several subway stations near the route were also shut down due to overcrowding. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a large celebration, has reportedly become a nightmare as gunshots were fired near the back of Nathan Phillips Square.

The celebratory parade began on the grounds of Exhibition Place before it moved east on Lake Shore Boulevard then turned north onto York Street and University Avenue. Current Premier Doug Ford has said he intends to watch this event with the masses.

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