Larry O’B trophy tour brings Raptors pride to Humber

by | Oct 15, 2019 | Canadian News, Headlines, Sports

Pirasanth Gunasekaram, Sports Editor

The mad celebration of the Raptors parade after winning the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy wasn’t evident when the sports top award came to Humber College.

The Toronto Raptors and the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) teamed up to bring the NBA championship trophy to Humber College as part of The MilkUP Trophy Tour on Oct. 5.

“It’s the shiniest thing I’ve ever seen,” said Andrew Sy, a former Business Management student.

When he looked at the trophy, Sy said it gives him Canadian pride.

The first stop of the tour was in Ottawa on Oct. 2, and it will go to eight other communities in Ontario by Oct. 21.

The Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy made a stop at North campus as part of The MilkUP Trophy Tour. (Pirasanth Gunasekaram)

The trophy was displayed outside the Athletic Centre, allowing a look-but-don’t-touch opportunity to view it and take photos.

Harjeet Sekhon, a former Electronics Engineering Technology student, said he was surprised when he saw the trophy in person.

“I saw that it was at Kingston and Ottawa and I was like, wait it’s actually coming to Humber, that’s crazy,” Sekhon said.

Luka Vukoje, a shooting guard for Orangeville’s Athlete Institute Bears, was at the Athletic Centre for OSBA Showcase when he saw the gold-plated silver trophy.

“I’m pretty shocked to be honest,” Vukoje said. 

He said “it’s pretty surreal” because it was only a couple weeks ago when Vukoje was wondering if he will ever see the trophy in person. 

Fans line up to look at the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy. (Pirasanth Gunasekaram)

Feverish Raptors fans in June camped as they lined up for a chance to get into Jurassic Park beside the Scotiabank Arena days before playoff games during the finals against Golden State Warriors. The lineup was so big that it went around Union Station.

Four months later, the line to see the spoils of victory was short and maybe due to the lack of marketing.

“I found out about this like a few hours ago,” Sy said. “I didn’t even know it was here.”

He said he didn’t see any advertising the trophy’s appearance at all.

“I mean, they don’t want like a big crowd here I guess,” Sy said.

Sekhon said he only found out the day before.

The tour ends Oct. 21 in Toronto at Maple Leaf Square and Nathan Phillips Square, a day before the 

Raptors receive their rings and raise the championship banner to the rafters. They are also beginning their quest to repeat, playing their first game of the 2019-20 season against the New Orleans Pelicans.