Lin seemed just as eager to kickstart his career with the Raptors, taking to his Instagram on Monday evening ahead of his official signing with the hashtag #WeTheNorth". Raptors fans flooded social media this morning to broadcast their excitement over the news of another star player joining their ranks.
Lin’s presence will give the Raptors an interesting dynamic; it will be interesting to see how he works alongside point guard Kyle Lowry. Lin has racked up an impressive average of 11.8 points in 457 career games over his NBA career, and he’s also had three other playoff runs with both Houston and Charlotte, Sports Netreports.
The past couple of days have brought upon a whirlwind of emotions for Raptors fans. The news of Lin’s signing comes on the heels of the recent trade of beloved centre Jonas Valančiūnas for Memphis powerhouse Marc Gasol, which had fans torn; excited for the gaining of Gasol but devastated by the loss off city favourite Valančiūnas.
In a press conference on Thursday, the premier stated that while the next few weeks will continue to see businesses and gatherings shuttered, Ontarians shouldn't lose hope for a normal July and August.
"My goal is to have the most normal July and August possible," he states. "Obviously, that won't mean large sporting events or concerts."
"But, if we manage the next few weeks properly, I believe that we can have things in a very good place this summer."
On top of this, the premier also states that they working on getting everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible, in order to reduce cases and lift restrictions.
"If we get the supply, we will work our backs off to have a two-dose summer, instead of a one-dose summer."
Justin Trudeau threw some shade at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday morning, stating that their chances of winning the Stanley Cup this year are "unthinkable."
In an interview with CP24, the prime minister jokingly mocked Toronto fans, saying that he admires their ability to always be able to cling onto hope for their team.
"As a Habs fan, I'm kind of in admiration of Toronto fans who continue to cling to hopes every year, year in and year out, it's impressive to see," Trudeau told CP24. "If the unthinkable does happen and we're all wonderfully surprised to see the Leafs in the Stanley Cup finals, I know there will be ways to make sure that everyone gets to watch."
The leader also revealed where the federal government stands on letting the Toronto team do playoffs on home soil this year.
"I can tell you that one of the things that will make that decision easier if it comes, is for everyone to get vaccinated and for the cases to be driven down in those coming weeks," he stated. "More than 75% of Canadians need to get vaccinated, that's how we get back to normal, which I'm not going to say normal includes the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup, but it does mean we're moving in the right direction."