All the celebrities spotted at Raptors-Warriors NBA Finals in Toronto (PHOTOS)

Jun 3 2019, 7:45 pm

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With apologies to the MMVAs, the 2019 NBA Finals is perhaps the biggest star-studded event to ever come to the City of Toronto.

Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, and Kyle Lowry headlined stars on the court for the Raptors through the first two games at Scotiabank Arena, with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson opposing them for the Warriors – with the injured Kevin Durant sitting on the bench.

But the star power on the floor was outshined by the celebrities in the crowd.

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Canadian and American politicians

There was no bigger name in attendance than former President of the United States Barack Obama, who watched Game 2 beside NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Obama received a warm welcome from the fans in Toronto, who even serenaded him with an “MVP” chant.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also supposed to attend, but reportedly pulled out at the last minute. Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was spotted in Game 1, and posed for a photo with Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia, who never misses a game.

Music stars

Drake wasn’t the only star from the world of music on hand at the NBA Finals.

Canadian recording artist Alessia Cara sang O Canada, pausing on more than one occasion to let fans singing along become the stars of the show.

Fantasia Barrino, of American Idol fame, sang the American anthem. The Tenors and Jordan Smith sang the Canadian and American anthems in Game 1, respectively.

Performing at halftime was Flo Rida, or “Flow Rider” as Raptors play-by-play man Matt Devlin called him.

Other big names reportedly in attendance for Game 2 included Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, J. Cole, Dallas Green, Steve Aoki, as well as Max and Mike from the Arkells.

Musicians spotted at Game 1 included ASAPferg, E-40, and Kardinal Offishall.

Pro athletes in attendance

There was no shortage of pro athletes in attendance, including golfers Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia for Game 2, while Bubba Watson was spotted in Game 1.

Blue Jays legend Roberto Alomar was also on hand for Game 2, rocking a Raptors hoodie.

A number of Toronto Maple Leafs players and management were on hand, including Mitch Marner, Travis Dermott, Nazem Kadri, John Tavares, and Zach Hyman pictured below.

And of course, there was a plethora of big names from the world of basketball, as the Raptors honoured players from the past during a quick Game 1 ceremony. The list of players on hand included Chris Bosh, Tracy McGrady, Damon Stoudamire, Dell Curry, Charles Oakley, Muggsy Bogues, Jerome ‘Junkyard Dog’ Williams, Morris Peterson, as well as former general manager Isiah Thomas.


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