Fred VanVleet will always be remembered in Toronto for his outstanding performances during the 2019 NBA Finals, but he also received a hero’s welcome in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois.
The Raptors guard was presented with the keys to the city by Mayor Tom McNamara.
A sizeable crowd gathered in attendance to greet VanVleet, who was more than up for the task of shadowing Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry throughout the Finals.
VanVleet stood on a stage which read “Our North Star, Fred VanVleet” with the ‘FVV’ letters adorned in gold.
“I want to leave the city better than when I left it” - @FredVanVleet showed so much love for the city of Rockford at his homecoming parade today. He received a key to the city & inspired ”Dribble the City” - wouldn’t doubt Rockford’s next NBA champ was dribbling there today❤️ pic.twitter.com/AVJ8JVC7gZ— Samantha Rivera (@SamanthaSports) June 29, 2019
VanVleet set a record for most threes made off the bench in a single Finals, and he’ll always be in Rockford’s history books, after lifting the Larry O’Brien Trophy throughout June.
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