Raptors fans represent Toronto's diversity


If anyone has attest to the transformation of the Toronto Raptors’ on-court product and and their fanbase off it, it’s the team’s super fan Nav Bhatia.

He’s supported the team since its arrival in Toronto back in 1995 and witnessed the humble beginnings that followed from his never empty court-side seat.

‘Superfan’ Nav Bhatia has helped make the Toronto Raptors fanbase what it is today. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
‘Superfan’ Nav Bhatia has helped make the Toronto Raptors fanbase what it is today. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

While the Raptors have now become a perennial powerhouse in the Eastern Conference, it wasn’t always like that. During times when the team wasn’t nearly as strong and home attendance wasn’t nearly as high, Bhatia bought thousands of tickets for those that are less fortunate in the city. It was that kindness that helped to nurture the diverse fanbase that the team has now.

“You see the real UN now in the Raptors game,” Bhatia told current Raptor Danny Green and Harrison Sanford during the most recent episode of the ‘Inside the Green Room’ podcast.

That ‘real UN’ has enjoyed a season where Toronto is off to a 16-4 start and sitting atop the Eastern Conference.

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