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Raptors have family members do intros, and it’s fantastic (video)

Toronto Raptors during family intros

Orlando, FL - AUGUST 17: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors smiles prior to a game against the Toronto Raptors during Round One, Game One of the NBA Playoffs on August 17, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at AdventHealth Arena. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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They have become the NBA’s model franchise. They just win. They appear to enjoy themselves.

The Phoenix Suns.

The Suns went 8-0 in the bubble. Even better, they surprised their players with family doing intros before a game at Disney World.

In a copycat league, the defending-champion Raptors took a page from Phoenix. Family members recorded intros for Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry.


At a certain point, these might get old. But we’re not close yet. These intros have been the most enjoyable aspect of the bubble. Considering the high quality of games, that’s saying something.

The reaction of Lowry – a crusty old veteran – was particularly delightful. It’s always great when he comes out of his shell.

No wonder Toronto was motivated enough to build a 33-point first-half lead en route to a Game 1 win over the Nets.