The Raptors home recreation in opposition to the Knicks on Friday (ET) is historic.
It’s the group’s first-ever home recreation that Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia did not attend.
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Why did Nav Bhatia miss his first-ever Raptors home recreation?
A assured attendee at each Raptors home recreation for the reason that franchise debuted in 1995, Bhatia was compelled to miss Friday’s recreation after he was advised to isolate In the curiosity of everybody’s security.
This previous Sunday (Dec. 5) in Toronto., the Superfan was in attendance for the Giants Of Africa Gala occasion, one the place some attendees have examined optimistic for COVID-19 together with Raptors Vice-Chairman and President Masai Ujiri.
Fortunately, Bhatia has shared that he is not experiencing any signs thus far (on the time of his social submit late on Friday).
In the submit, as half of his two requests to Raptors followers within the area, he says “take good care of my friend Kal Penn. I want you all to show him why this is the best fanbase in the league and give him alot of love tonight.”
Kal Penn, an American actor who was born to Indian immigrant mother and father, is ready to produce and star in a biopic on Bhatia.
So I insist to. @kalpenn take my seat benefit from the recreation. He sends me this pic saying “I might be playing the Superfan but nobody will ever be the Superfan except you and this seat A12 will always be yours” I acquired emotional – I believe we selected the correct particular person. God bless you Kal pic.twitter.com/M9lYwDawjY
— Nav Bhatia Superfan (@superfan_nav) December 11, 2021
History of Nav Bhatia’s Raptors tremendous fandom
Last yr, Bhatia’s tremendous fandom for the Raptors had earned him recognition from the Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame.
Not solely did he obtain a customized ring from the Hall of Fame however to mark his induction and honour him, a number of key facets related along with his presence on the area reminiscent of his turban, the superfan jersey and his seat have been all displayed.
I made a promise as a child to my mother i’d by no means take away my turban. Today it’s within the Hall of Fame. Embrace what makes you totally different. It is your superpower. This is the crown I put on every day. Thank you mother. pic.twitter.com/s6cCjxbdhR
— Nav Bhatia Superfan (@superfan_nav) May 19, 2021
His loyalty and keenness for the franchise earned him the tag of ‘Superfan’. It noticed him not solely obtain the honour of being the grand marshall on the group’s championship parade in Toronto whereas additionally a championship ring after the franchise’s NBA title in 2019.