Obama attends Raptors-Warriors Game 2, gets MVP chants from crowd

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Ujiri, left, and Obama have a well-documented friendship. (Twitter/@Raptors)
Ujiri, left, and Obama have a well-documented friendship. (Twitter/@Raptors)

With the Toronto Raptors appearing in their first-ever NBA Finals, celebrities have been flocking to Scotiabank Arena to experience the festivities firsthand.

Things kicked up a notch Sunday for Game 2, with former United States President Barack Obama in attendance as Toronto aimed to take a 2-0 series lead over the Golden State Warriors.

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Obama has a well-documented friendship with Raptors president Masai Ujiri, and the relationship grew in part due to Ujiri’s work with Giants of Africa. In fact, the two impressive men were together when the Kawhi Leonard trade talks were materializing.

An avid basketball fan, Obama also has a close bond with Steph Curry, as the Golden State superstar has been involved in multiple Obama-led charitable initiatives. The Warriors won one NBA championship during Obama’s time in office, and decided to meet with him in lieu of visiting Donald Trump’s White House after their 2018 title.

Obama received MVP chants and a standing ovation from the Toronto crowd when shown on the jumbotron during a break in play in the first half.

And it wouldn’t be a trip to Toronto without catching up with the Raptors’ Global Ambassador and most unabashed fan, Drake.

The 57-year-old has been in Canada for the past few days, speaking at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Friday night.

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