The Toronto Raptors’ NBA Championship Trophy Is Coming To Vancouver

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This past June, the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title in franchise history. Now a member of their team is bringing the NBA championship trophy to Vancouver.

On Tuesday, July 23rd, Toronto Raptors assistant coach and director of sports science Alex McKechnie is bringing the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, McKechnie started his career as a head physiotherapist for Simon Fraser University in 1974.

He also spent some time with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and has worked in the past with NBA Hall-of-Fame players such as B.C.’s own Steve Nash, and Shaquille O’Neal.

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Furthermore, in 2018, McKechnie was also inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in the “builder” category.

McKechnie received praise for the “load management” plan he designed for Kawhi Leonard, systematically sitting Leonard out during a set of regular season games in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Leonard would eventually win NBA Finals MVP.

You can see Alex McKechnie and the championship trophy at the hall between 10:00 a.m. and noon on Tuesday. Regular admission prices are in effect for this event.

Fingers crossed McKechnie has a better experience in our city than his former player Danny Green did.

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