One of the biggest stars of last night's Raptors Games wasn't even playing, in fact, he wasn't even on the team. Jonas Valanciunas made a surprise appearance at last night's Raptor's game and it proved that fans are still so obsessed with him. Valanciunas was a former centre for the Raptors before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this year.
Despite no longer being on the Toronto team, Valanciunas still came out last night to cheer on the Raptors as they took on the Orlando Magic* in the first game of their playoff run, sitting right on the sidelines near the Raptors bench.
The former Toronto star told Sportsnet last night that it meant a lot for him to be at the game last night. Valanciunas said "I want to support my guys. The guys have been my family for multiple years, we went through a lot of stuff together so it’s important for me to be here and support them and watch some basketball, too."
He also gave his love to the Toronto fans, telling Sportsnet, "fans have been great. Fans have been great all throughout my years I played here and they continue to support me. You couldn’t ask for something else from the fans. Toronto fans are great."
Toronto fans gave the love right back to Valanciunas, taking to Twitter to prove that they are still so obsessed with the former Raptor and loved seeing him at the game last night.
They do not make many humans like Jonas Valanciunas— Patrick Evan Molohon 🇮🇪 🇵🇫 (@Patrick Evan Molohon 🇮🇪 🇵🇫)1555256002.0
Nice Seeing Jonas Valanciunas In the House To Support The old Mates Today Total Class Act Dude we Miss Yah Man !— Dennis Mick (@Dennis Mick)1555199529.0
Jonas Valanciunas has my whole heart ❤️ what a guy— amanda christine ♡ (@amanda christine ♡)1555192066.0
Some fans even wanted him to get back on the court for the Raptors, especially since Kyle Lowry wasn't getting any points and the Raptors ended up losing the game.
Jonas Valanciunas had as many points for the Raptors tonight as Kyle Lowry. #NBAPlayoffs #NBA #WeTheNorth— Jay T. Campbell (@Jay T. Campbell)1555198716.0
Jonas Valanciunas played with the Toronto Raptors since he was drafted in 2011. He was traded for Marc Gasol at this year's NBA trade deadline back in February. Valanciunas is now playing with the Memphis Grizzlies, who, unfortunately, did not make the playoffs this year.
*Editor's Note: This story has been updated.