Toronto Raptors fans woke up to the news that Kawhi Leonard had made his decision.
And unlike what Raps fans were hoping for, Leonard decided not to stay.
The NBA Finals MVP is going home to Los Angeles, but not to play for the Lakers. He’s going to the Clippers, along with Paul George, who was acquired in a surprising trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
While the news shocked fans, Canadians decided to express their goodbyes by showing Leonard gratitude for what he has done for the Raptors this year.
By Saturday morning, hours after the initial news of his decision, #ThankyouKawhi was trending in Canada and became the number one Twitter trend shortly after.
From that shot, to that win, and the ultimate celebration, Raptors fans were grateful for it all.
And as one fan said, “Board man gets thanks.”
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 6, 2019
— John Tory (@JohnTory) July 6, 2019
— Rachel (@RachelAstrid) July 6, 2019
Brought a major title to Toronto and I can't hate a dude wanting to go home#ThankYouKawhi
— E D B O I (@eddythemouse) July 6, 2019
The shot. The win. The parade.
For all of it, Board man gets thanks.
— Andrew Tumilty (@AndrewTumilty) July 6, 2019
— Aidan Cole Currie (@aidan_curried) July 6, 2019
Can't be mad with Kawhi and Danny. They went to the Raptors and won a championship for Canada. Two of the most humble, hardworking NBA players today. Thank you for everything you did this past season. Good luck with the rest of your careers! #ThankYouKawhi #ThankYouDanny LEGENDS. pic.twitter.com/O00bXBowR0
— Hanna 🍌 ZIMZALABIM! (@beanieandbeyond) July 6, 2019
— Wayne Glensky (@31rchan) July 6, 2019
For these moments, for this shot, for this chip, Canada will always be grateful. You’ve brought more than we could even ask for. Thank you Kawhi, all the best in SoCal❤️ #KingInTheNorth #ThankYouKawhi pic.twitter.com/g32ah7Kccn
— Simon Riopel (@sim_rip) July 6, 2019
— neil gorman (@neil_gorman) July 6, 2019
— 🏆 Michelle 🏆 (@michelleinblue) July 6, 2019
— Anne Marie Aikins (@femwriter) July 6, 2019
With files from Rob Williams