Kawhi Leonard dubbed ‘King of the North’ in Toronto mural
Kawhi Leonard is being treated like royalty in Toronto thanks to his incredible performance in the postseason while leading the Raptors to the NBA Finals. Now, thanks to a recently unveiled mural, a moniker has been bestowed upon him befitting his regal status.
With the Finals set to tip-off Thursday night in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena, two local artists, Javid Jah and Luvsumone, have put the finishing touches on the latest Leonard mural to spring up in town.
Located in Regent Park, the mural bequeaths the royal moniker “King of the North” upon Leonard.
While it’s easy to draw the conclusion that “King of the North” is an obvious reference to the recently concluded “Game of Thrones,” the nickname also ties in nicely to the Raptors’ “We The North” campaign.
As noted, the above mural is not the first one devoted to Leonard in Toronto. Another one in town that honored the Raptors superstar was updated to celebrate his iconic buzzer-beating shot that gave the Raptors a thrilling Game 7 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Of course looming large over the idolatry of Leonard in Toronto — which is not something the superstar aspires to by any stretch — is his uncertain future in the coming offseason. There is a decent chance Leonard will leave the Raptors and sign elsewhere as a free agent, regardless of whether or not he leads the team to a championship.
That said, Raptors fans cannot be blamed for living in the moment and enjoying every second of the team’s quest for a Finals upset over the Warriors.
In other words, all hail the King of the North. At least for now.