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Superfan Nav Bhatia: A story of love and Raptors basketball

Last Updated May 29, 2019 at 8:54 am EDT

Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia

In today’s Big Story podcast, you’ve seen him sitting (OK, standing) courtside if you’ve ever watched a Toronto Raptors game. If you’ve followed the team during its historic run to the NBA Finals, you’ve probably heard pieces of Nav Bhatia’s story. He’s a Day One fan, a proud Torontonian, a legendary car salesman, and a Sikh immigrant to Canada at a time when the country wasn’t as multicultural and proud as it would later become.

Last week, a racist Tweet from a Milwaukee Bucks fan thrust Bhatia into the spotlight in the middle of the Western Conference Finals, and he responded the way he always has, with pride and kindness. As the basketball world arrives in Toronto for the game’s biggest event, everyone who’s spent time with Bhatia is sharing their stories. But today he shares his, in full, with us. If you’ve ever heard the cliche that sports can bring people together — just know it’s not a cliche to Nav.

GUEST: Nav Bhatia, Raptors Superfan

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