The new kings of NBA basketball are the first outside the U.S. to wear the crown. And they come from all corners of the globe.
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The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room.Marc Gasol was yelling some happy phrase in Spanish.Every team that wins an NBA title calls itself "world champions".Gasol will play again for his native Spain this summer in the FIBA World Cup.More than a few proud Americans will be on that route as well, like NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the longest-tenured Raptors player, Kyle Lowry.At NBA headquarters in New York, they truly didn't care who won the series.That doesn't mean they don't realize the Raptors' title is a good thing for the league's future.The league is helping to establish a new pro league in Africa that's set to begin play early next year.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said before the series that the league is aware of 700 million cellphones being in use in Africa, more than half of those being smartphones. The NBA champions are, indeed, champions of the world.
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