Which of the following Raptors deserve to have their jersey retired?
Vince Carter? Chris Bosh? DeMar DeRozan? Kawhi Leonard!?
While you could make a strong case for any of the four above, the conversation should really start with #95: Nav Bhatia. Ninety-five is the number Bhatia usually wears courtside, and it represents the year the franchise was founded.
Here’s where things get insane: Bhatia hasn’t missed a single home game in the Raptors’ 24-year history. NOT. A. SINGLE. ONE. He very likely is the most committed superfan of any team in any sport in the world.
One day this man’s story will top the biography bestsellers’ list. But until then, CNN correspondent and Toronto native Muhammad Lila has published a fascinating Twitter thread about what makes Bhatia so special – to the team, the city, and the entire country. It is absolutely worth your time.
I’ll let him take it away:
With the #Raptors about to hit the global stage, I’m going to share a story about what makes Toronto, and Canada, so special. It’s about a guy you’re going to be seeing a whole lot of.
[Hint: It's about racism, sports, and why you'll end up cheering for 🍁]
— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) May 26, 2019