Transcript: A Raptor Fan's Mission to Rep the North | Jun 08, 2021

Steve sits in a room with white walls, a low slanted ceiling and several framed pictures on the walls including one of George Drew. He's slim, clean-shaven, in his fifties, with short curly brown hair. He's wearing a pale blue shirt and a spotted blue tie.

A caption on screen reads "A raptor fan's mission to rep the North. @spaikin, @theagenda."

Steve says ATHLETES INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME IN THEIR SPORT GET THAT RECOGNITION FOR UNCOMMON ABILITIES AND FEATS OVER THEIR CAREERS. BUT THIS SPRING, BASKETBALL DID SOMETHING REMARKABLE. THEY RECOGNIZED THE CONTRIBUTION OF A FAN... A SUPER FAN... IN THEIR HALL OF FAME. HE IS NAV BHATIA, KNOWN TO ALL AS THE TORONTO RAPTORS' SUPERFAN. AND HE JOINS US NOW FROM MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO ON HOW HIS FANDOM CAREER LED TO THAT INCREDIBLE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.

Nav is in his fifties, with a trimmed brown beard. He's wearing a white turban and a black and red Raptors jersey with a patch that reads "Superfan."

Steve continues NAV, IT IS SO GOOD TO MEET YOU. I'VE GOT TO SAY, YOU LOOK FANTASTIC. WHERE DID YOU GET THAT JACKET?

Nav says THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME BY THE ROOTS THAT DESIGNED IT SPECIALLY. THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS IN THE BACK ALSO. THEY DESIGNED IT AFTER WE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2019, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE NBA, AND THEY PRESENTED ME WITH THIS ONE.

Steve says NOW, I CAN'T HELP BUT NOTICE YOU'VE GOT A LITTLE BLING ON THOSE FINGERS OF YOURS. DO YOU WANT TO DO A LITTLE SHOWING OFF THERE?

The caption changes to "Nav Bhatia. Raptors Superfan."

Nav says WELL, THIS IS... YOU KNOW, THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF ANY SPORTS, A NON-PLAYER GETTING A PLAYER RING. AND THIS IS A FAN RING WITH KAWHI AND LAURIE AND EVERYBODY... LOWREYGOT IT. I HAVE TO SHOW YOU ANOTHER ONE. THIS IS A HALL OF FAME. AGAIN, FIRST TIME A NON-PLAYER GETTING A RING FROM THE HALL OF FAME. SO, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE TWO RINGS. THESE ARE, YOU KNOW, MY MOST PRECIOUS JEWELLERY. AND I'M FEELING LIKE LIBERACE ALREADY.

He raises his right hand to show a large golden ring embedded with precious stones, then shows a similar silver ring on his left hand.

Steve laughs and says I WON'T ASK YOU TO PLAY THE PIANO FOR US TONIGHT. BUT I DO WANT TO SHOW YOU A CLIP OF YOU BEING INDUCTED INTO THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME. THIS IS SOMETHING. TONY, ROLL IT, PLEASE.

A clip plays on screen with the caption "May 16, 2021."
In the clip, Nav stands behind a lectern which has a logo that reads "Basketball hall of fame."

He says I'M SPEECHLESS RIGHT NOW. BASKETBALL CHANGED MY LIFE! IT GAVE THIS IMMIGRANT GUY A CHANCE TO BELONG.

The clip ends.

Steve says NAV, YOU WENT INTO THE HALL OF FAME AT THE SAME TIME AS KOBE BRYANT AND TIM DUNCAN, WHO ARE PLAIN AND SIMPLY TWO OF THE BEST WHO EVER PLAYED THIS GAME.

Nav says AND KEVIN GARNETT.

Steve says WHAT DID THAT MOMENT MEAN TO YOU?

Nav says AND KEVIN GARNETT.

Steve says AND KEVIN GARNETT TOO. LET'S NOT FORGET KG. WHAT DID THE MOMENT MEAN TO YOU?

The caption changes to "Nav Bhatia, @superfan_nav."

Nav says OH, YOU KNOW, I WAS SPEECHLESS. YOU KNOW, IT'S SOMETHING THAT A FAN DREAMS OF. YOU KNOW, AS A FAN, YOU CAN ONLY DREAM TO BE A PART OF A WINNING TEAM AND THEN CELEBRATE AFTER BEING THE CHAMPION, YOU CELEBRATE AND YOU'RE A PART OF THE CELEBRATION. YOU DON'T DREAM TO BE THE GRAND MARSHALL OF THE BIGGEST SPORTS PARADE. YOU DON'T DREAM TO GET THE PLAYER'S RING. AND OF COURSE YOU NEVER DREAM TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME, HONOURED IN THE HALL OF FAME. AND THIS IS JUST ALL AMAZING. IT'S GOD'S BLESSINGS.

Steve says YOU SHARED THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SHORTLY AFTER YOU WERE INDUCTED TO THE HALL OF FAME AND I'LL READ IT HERE. YOU WROTE...

A tweet by Nav pops up on screen showing a picture of himself seen from behind as he contemplates Raptors' memorabilia and a white turban inside a glass cabinet.

Steve reads the text and says
I MADE A PROMISE AS A KID TO MY MOM. I WOULD NEVER REMOVE MY TURBAN. TODAY IT IS IN THE HALL OF FAME. EMBRACE WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT. IT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER. THIS IS THE CROWN I WEAR EACH DAY. IT YOU, MOM. I WOULD LIKE TO ELABORATE OR I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOU ELABORATE ON THE ROLE THAT YOUR SIKH FAITH AND YOUR MOTHER PLAYED A ROLE IN THE JOURNEY THAT YOU'RE ON?

Nav says LET ME TELL YOU, WHEN THEY DID THE RIBBON-CUTTING AND I WAS IN THE FRONT OF THE SUPERFAN GALLERY AND I SAW THEY HAD MY JERSEY, THE SUPERFAN JERSEY, WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME BY ISAIAH THOMAS. MY CHAIR WAS THERE, MY BASKETBALL WAS THERE, MY REPLICA OF MY SUPERRING WAS THERE. THEN I SAW THIS WHITE TURBAN WITH MY RED BAND, AND THAT WAS THE TURBAN THAT I USED DURING THE GOLDEN STATE RUN, THE CHAMPIONSHIP RUN. AND I JUST STARTED TEARING UP BECAUSE I REMEMBERED WHEN I WAS 16 YEARS OLD, WHICH IS 53 YEARS AGO. I PROMISED ONE DAY. MY MOM CALLED ME. SHE WAS A VERY TOUGH, DISCIPLINARIAN KIND OF A WOMAN. SHE CALLED AND SHE SAID I HAVE THREE THINGS I WANT YOU TO PROMISE. NOT TO DRINK, NOT TO SMOKE, NOT TO TAKE MY TURBAN OFF AND NOT TO CUT MY HAIR. SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO SAY YES BUT IT'S VERY HARD TO... YOU KNOW, FOR 53 YEARS AFTER THAT TO FOLLOW IT. BUT TO DATE, I KEPT MY PROMISE AND MY MOTHER WAS RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF ME AT THE HALL OF FAME AND I STARTED TEARING UP AND NOW THIS TURBAN IS GOING TO BE THERE FOR ALL, FOR EVERYBODY, FOR THE NEXT SO MANY YEARS TO COME, FOR EVERY SIKH TO BE PROUD ABOUT IT AND I JUST TELL YOU I WAS SPEECHLESS AT THAT TIME.

Steve says WELL, LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF YOUR BACKGROUND AND FIGURE OUT HOW YOU GOT TO BECOME THE SUPERFAN IN THE FIRST PLACE. I ACTUALLY WANT TO GO BACK. LET'S GO BACK 40 YEARS. I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE EARLY 1980s OF INDIA. THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE TIME, INDIRA GANDHI HAD BEEN ASSASSINATED. HOW DID THAT TURMOIL PLAY IN YOUR FAMILY'S DECISION TO COME TO CANADA?

Nav says ABSOLUTELY. THERE WAS NO SAFETY FOR THE SIKHS IN OUR HOME OR IN OUR TEMPLE. WE WERE MASSACRED. THEY WERE PUTTING... IF THEY SAW A SIKH WITH A TURBAN AND BEARD, THEY WERE PUTTING A BURNING TIRE ON OUR HEADS. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS WERE KILLED AT THAT TIME. AND THAT'S THE TIME WHEN WE, AS A FAMILY, DECIDED TO GET OUT OF INDIA. AND ME AND MY WIFE WERE THE FIRST ONES TO COME. AND SIX YEARS LATER, SEVEN YEARS LATER, WE WERE ALL ABLE TO MIGRATE TO THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, CANADA.

Steve says NOW, YOU ARE, I GATHER, A MECHANICAL ENGINEER BY TRAINING. DID YOU TRY TO FIND WORK IN THAT FIELD WHEN YOU FIRST CAME TO CANADA?

Nav says OF COURSE I DID. I TRIED SO MANY PLACES. BUT NOBODY WANTED TO HIRE SOMEBODY WITH A TURBAN AND BEARD AT THAT TIME. SO I STARTED DOING SOME ODD JOBS LIKE JANITORIAL, LIKE LANDSCAPING, AND PAINTING. BUT I TELL YOU ONE THING, I DID IT WITH PASSION. WE SIKHS BELIEVE IN THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR. WE NEVER ASK FOR IT, WE NEVER ASK FOR HANDOUTS. WE GO AND WORK HARD. AND I WAS A PROUD JANITOR. I WAS PROBABLY THE BEST JANITOR EVER. BUT I TELL YOU ONE THING FINALLY I GOT A JOB AS A CAR SALESMAN AT RICK'S HYUNDAI. THE VERY DAY I HAD OTHER SPEED BUMPS. AND ALL THE SALES PEOPLE MAKING FUN OF ME, CALLING ME DIAPER HEAD AND TOWEL HEAD AND THIS AND THAT. SO ON THAT DAY I DECIDED. I SAID, NAV, IF YOU NEED TO SURVIVE IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, YOU'VE GOT TO BE BETTER THAN GOOD. AND WITH GOD'S GRACE AND MY HARD WORK, I SOLD 127 CARS IN THREE MONTHS. THAT WAS A RECORD THEN. IT STILL IS A RECORD TODAY. AND BEST OF ALL, I OWN FIVE DEALERSHIPS, WITH 270 EMPLOYEES AND GOD IS GOOD.

Steve says NAV, WHY DIDN'T, WHEN YOU RAN INTO ALL THAT RACISM AND NAME-CALLING AND ALL THAT TERRIBLE STUFF, WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST GIVE UP?

Nav says WE DON'T GIVE UP. GIVING UP IS NOT IN OUR DICTIONARY. YOU KNOW, I AM BROUGHT UP BY A MOTHER AND A FAITH THAT IS VERY STRONG. WE ALWAYS, WHEN SOMEBODY IS TRYING TO GO LOW, WE TRY TO GO HIGH. AND ALSO IT IS IN MY DNA TO CHANGE THE PERCEPTION OF THE PEOPLE. AND THAT'S WHAT I DO AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. AND I HAVE HAD A LOT OF SPEED BUMPS IN MY LIFE. AND THEY STILL HAPPEN. THEY HAPPENED DURING 2019, CHAMPIONSHIP RUN WITH A MILWAUKEE FAN. BUT, AGAIN, WE WENT HIGH. AND IN THE END, HE'S A FRIEND OF OURS, NOT A GUY WHO TWEETED OUT SOMETHING NEGATIVE ABOUT ME. HE BECAME A FRIEND OF MINE. I TOOK HIM FOR A GAME. I TOOK HIM FOR A DINNER IN MILWAUKEE. AND THE THING IS, PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE SIKHS. THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE SIKHS. BUT OVERALL, PEOPLE ARE VERY GOOD. AND I ALWAYS KEEP ON SAYING 99.9 percent, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT RELIGION, WHAT FAITH, WHAT COLOUR YOU ARE. WE ARE ALL THE SAME.

Steve says I DO HAVE TO ASK HOW YOU GOT INTO BASKETBALL BECAUSE, OF COURSE, BACK IN INDIA, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN WATCHING, I PRESUME, CRICKET AND FIELD HOCKEY MORE THAN BASKETBALL. SO HOW DID YOUR LOVE FOR BASKETBALL COME AROUND?

Nav says WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? WHEN I CAME IN 1984, YOU KNOW, FOR TEN YEARS I WAS WORKING VERY HARD. I WAS WORKING OVER 100 HOURS A WEEK, YOU KNOW, TO MAKE US COMFORTABLE. BUT THEN I USED TO WATCH BASKETBALL ON THE TELEVISION WITH MICHAEL JORDAN, LARRY BIRD AND ALL THAT. AND WHEN THE RAPTORS ARRIVED IN TORONTO, I DECIDED TO BUY TWO TICKETS AT THE TIME. I COULD ONLY AFFORD TWO AT THE TIME. I HAVE 13 NOW. BUT THE VERY FIRST DAY I SAID I AM GOING TO WATCH THIS GAME AND THE VERY FIRST DAY I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE GAME. IT'S THE FASTEST GAME ON THE PLANET. IT'S THE MOST ENTERTAINING GAME ON THE PLANET. AND THE WAY THE NBA HAS DESIGNED IT, FOR TWO AND A HALF HOURS, YOU FORGET ALL THE STRESSES, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR WIFE, YOUR KIDS. YOU ARE IN A DIFFERENT ZONE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS GAME HAS GIVEN ME LOTS AND LOTS OF ENTERTAINMENT, BUT DURING THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, I'M USING THIS GAME THROUGH MY CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION, NAV BHATIA SUPERFAN, I'M BRING USING IT TO BRING THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD TOGETHER THROUGH THIS GAME OF BASKETBALL.

Steve says I HAVE TO TAKE A POKE AT YOU, NAV. HOCKEY IS FASTER THAN BASKETBALL, YOU'LL GRANT THAT?

Nav says YES, YOU CAN SAY THAT. BUT TO ME, THIS IS THE FASTEST, WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING BASKETBALL ON A HIGH LEVEL, IT'S FAST. BUT IT'S THE MOST ENTERTAINING. NO HITTING AND NO THAT. TO ME, IT'S THE MOST ENTERTAINING AND THE FASTEST GAME.

Steve says NOW, YOU MENTIONED YOU'VE GOT 13 SEASON TICKETS RIGHT NOW FOR THE RAPTORS, WHICH OF COURSE WHEN THEY WEREN'T PLAYING HERE THIS PAST YEAR, YOU COULDN'T USE. BUT IN A NORMAL SEASON, HOW MUCH MONEY ARE YOU SPENDING ON TICKETS EVERY YEAR?

Nav says MORE THAN I MAKE.

Steve says SO WHY DO YOU DO IT?

Nav says THAT'S WHAT MY WIFE KEEPS ON TELLING ME. "HEY, NAV, WE WOULD HAVE OUR HOME FREE AND CLEAR AND NOT HAVE MORTGAGES ON IT BECAUSE YOU SPEND MORE MONEY THAN YOU MAKE ON THIS HABIT OF BASKETBALL. EVERYBODY IS RIGHT WHEN THEY CALL ME AN ADDICT. LET ME TELL YOU I WORK REALLY HARD. I DON'T DRINK, I DON'T SMOKE, I DON'T WOMANIZE, I ONLY RAPTORIZE.

Steve says I WAS GOING TO READ THAT. YOU SAY...

A quote pops up on screen and Steve reads "That's MY ONLY ADDICTION. I DON'T DRINK, I DON'T SMOKE, I DON'T WOMANIZE, I RAPTORIZE."

Steve says THAT'S A GREAT LINE.

Nav says I GOT MY TITLE SUPERMAN IN THE 1998-99 SEASON, HALL OF FAMER. HE WON DAY CALLED ME. I WAS YOUNG AT THE TIME. I HAD A LOT OF ENERGY. I USED TO SHOUT AND CHEER MY TEAM. AND I GUESS ONE DAY HE PICKED ME OUT OF THE 30,000 PEOPLE IN SKYDOME AND PRESENTED ME WITH A JERSEY SUPERFAN ONE. HE GAVE ME THE TITLE AND IT'S CHANGED MY LIFE.

Steve says ISN'T THAT GREAT? DO YOU FOLLOW ANY SPORTS BESIDES BASKETBALL?

Nav says LET ME TELL YOU ONE THING, DON'T EVEN GIVE ME ANY IDEA. AS IT IS, MY MARRIED LIFE IS ON VERY THIN ICE BECAUSE I MISS MY WIFE'S WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, I MISSED HER BIRTHDAY AND SOME OTHER EVENTS. AND I TELL YOU ONE THING. IF I START GOING INTO ANY OTHER SPORT, MY DIVORCE IS FOR SURE.

Steve laughs and says NAV, WHY HASN'T SHE THROWN YOU OUT YET THEN?

Nav says I GUESS BECAUSE SHE KNOWS WE ARE DOING GOOD THINGS WITH MY FAN DOM OF BASKETBALL AND SUPERFAN. I'M THE GLOBAL INVESTOR. I'M THE ONLY NON-CHRISTIAN INVESTOR FOR WORLD VISION. WE JUST BUILT 135 WASHROOMS IN 35 SCHOOLS WHERE THE GIRLS CAN CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION BECAUSE THERE WAS NO WASHROOM IN THESE SCHOOLS WHERE THE GIRLS CAN CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION ONCE THEIR PERIOD STARTS, YOU KNOW? SO SHE KNOWS WE ARE DOING GOOD WORK IN THE COMMUNITY AND AS HUMANITY, SO SHE IS BECOMING MY ROCK. SHE AND MY DAUGHTER ARE BECOMING A ROCK AND MY MARRIAGE IS SURVIVING.

Steve says THAT'S WONDERFUL. IS THIS POSSIBLE? I KNOW I HEAR THIS. BUT YOU'VE GOT TO TELL ME IF THIS IS REALLY ON THE LEVEL. YOU HAVE NOT MISSED A SINGLE RAPTOR GAME EVER?

Nav says NEVER, NEVER MISSED A GAME. I ALMOST DID ONE TIME WHEN I WAS RUNNING LATE ON THE HIGHWAY QEW. BUT, YOU KNOW, I DECIDED THAT I'M RUNNING LATE. I'M GOING TO MISS THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME, SO I STARTED DRIVING ON THE SHOULDER AND I ALMOST MADE IT AND I WAS PULLED OVER BY A COP WHO CAME AND WAS GOING TO WRITE ME A TICKET BUT THEN HE ROCKED THAT I'M THE SUPERFAN. HE SAID ARE YOU THE SUPERFAN BHATIA? I SAID YES, SIR. HE SAID I'M GOING TO LET YOU GO. DON'T DO IT AGAIN. HE ESCORTED ME TO THE ARENA. AND I MADE IT RIGHT BEFORE THE TIP-OFF?

Steve says THEY PLAY ABOUT 40 HOME GAMES, MAYBE MORE ON A PLAYOFF YEAR. HAVE YOU DONE THE MATH ON HOW MANY GAMES YOU'VE BEEN TO?

Nav says IT'S OVER A THOUSAND GAMES. I'VE GONE TO EVERY PLAYOFF GAME THE RAPTORS HAVE MADE. SO, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A RECORD. AND LOVING IT. AND I HOPE THIS COMING SEASON WE ARE GOING TO BE AGAIN RIGHT THERE IN... YOU KNOW, ONCE THEY ARE PLAYING IN FRONT OF THE ARENA, IN FRONT OF THE FANS, WE ARE GOING TO GO TO THE EASTERN CONFERENCE LEVEL AND WE ARE GOING TO BE IN THE PLAYOFFS.

Steve says THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT HOW THIS PAST YEAR HAS BEEN FOR YOU. BECAUSE OF COURSE THE RAPTORS WERE NOT PLAYING IN CANADA THIS PAST YEAR AND I GUESS... DID YOU GO TO ANY GAMES THIS PAST YEAR?

Nav says NO, NO, NO. I DIDN'T GO TO ANY GAME. IT WAS NOT SAFE FOR THE PLAYERS AND THE FAMILY, IT WAS NOT SAFE FOR ME. I WOULD WITH MY WIFE AT HOME AND LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE I WAS WATCHING THE GAME OUT OF THE HOME. BUT MY WIFE WAS VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT BUT I WASN'T. BUT, AGAIN, YOU KNOW, NEXT YEAR IN OCTOBER WHEN THE NEXT SEASON STARTS, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO BE IN THE ARENA AND I'M SO LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AND THE TEAM IS LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAY IN FRONT OF THE FANS BECAUSE THEY FEED OFF THE FANS. AND WE ARE THE BEST FANS, THE RAPTORS HAVE THE BEST FANS IN THE LEAGUE, SO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.

Steve says NAV, CAN I JUST SUGGEST THAT MAYBE WHEN YOU ANSWER THAT SAME QUESTION TO OTHER PEOPLE, YOU DON'T SAY, "I WAS STUCK AT HOME WITH MY WIFE WATCHING THE GAMES ON TV." SHE MAY NOT LIKE IT PUT THAT WAY.

Nav says BUT THAT'S THE TRUTH. YOU WANT TO... AND SHE KNOWS IT TOO. SHE IS LAUGHING. SHE SAYS, OH, YOU HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. SO WE ARE HAVING FUN WITH IT, YOU KNOW? LET ME TELL EVERYBODY, SHE IS MY ROCK. OKAY, MY DAUGHTER AND MY WIFE ARE MY ROCK. WE HAVE FUN, ALL THESE THINGS. SHE KNOWS WITH ALL THE FUN I'M GETTING OUT OF THE RAPTORS AND BASKETBALL AND IN THE END WE ARE DOING GOOD THINGS. WE ARE HELPING THE YOUNG KIDS. WE ARE PROTECTING THE LIVES OF THE YOUNG KIDS. WE ARE GIVING HOPE TO YOUNG KIDS. WE ARE BUILDING BASKETBALL COURTS. NEXT MONTH WE ARE GOING TO BE BUILDING FULL BASKETBALL COURTS IN MALTON. ALL GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING.

Steve says THAT'S IN MISSISSAUGA. I'M GOING TO HAVE TONY BURKE BRING A PICTURE UP RIGHT NOW. ONCE YOU SEE THIS PICTURE I WANT YOU TO TELL ME, WHO IS THE BIGGER RAPTOR FAN IN THIS PICTURE? THE GUY ON THE RIGHT WHO MAY HAVE A FEW GOLD RECORDS OR THE GUY ON THE RIGHT WHO IS IN THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME?

A picture pops up of Nav and rapper Drake posing on a Basketball field as each holds up a championship belt trophy.

Nav says YOU KNOW WHAT? EGGS OUR GLOBAL AMBASSADOR. HE HAS DONE SO GOOD FOR THE CITY AND THE COUNTRY. TO BRING THE RAPTORS IN FRONT OF THE WORLD. HE IS A VERY DEAR FRIEND OF MINE AND I LOVE HIM.

Steve says HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO DRAKE'S HOUSE?

Nav says NOT YET. IT IS DURING CoVID AND I DON'T WANT TO TAKE ANY CHANCES FOR HIS SAKE AND MY SAKE.

Steve says GOTCHA. NAV, YOU DO REALIZE, YOU ARE LIKE AN IMMENSE CELEBRITY. ARE YOU OKAY WITH THAT?

Nav says I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T FEEL ANY DIFFERENT. I FEEL THE SAME, STILL AN IMMIGRANT TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING IN THE BIG CITY. I ENJOY IT. I'M GETTING A LOT OF LOVE FROM THE FANS. YESTERDAY I WAS AT A GAS STATION AND THERE WERE LIKE 14, 10 TO 14 MOTORCYCLISTS, BIKERS, YOU KNOW, AND THEY STOPPED ME. WE CHIT-CHAT FOR 20 MINUTES AND THESE BIKERS WERE STOPPING OVER TO HAVE A COLD DRINK OR WHATEVER AND THEY STOPPED ME AND THE LOVE THEY GAME ME, I WAS JUST SURPRISED. YOU KNOW, SO IT'S THE LOVE I'M GETTING FROM EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW. I'M JUST VERY BLESSED TO BE A PART OF THAT, YOU KNOW? YOU KNOW, I GO TO TIM HORTON'S, THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE AND EVERYBODY. I WAS AT THE CAR WASH, LIKE I SAID, THERE WERE TEN PEOPLE IN THE LINE, EVERYBODY CAME AND STARTED TAKING A PICTURE. YOU KNOW, IT'S ALL GOOD. IT'S ALL GOOD. BUT I'M JUST AN IMMIGRANT TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING IN A BIG CITY. THAT'S THE WAY I FEEL AND GOD HAS BEEN GOOD. I'M BLESSED, MORE THAN I DESERVE.

Steve says YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING, WHEN YOU FIRST GOT TO CANADA, YOU POINTED OUT HOW PEOPLE USED TO TEASE YOU BECAUSE OF THE TURBAN THAT YOU WEAR. AND NOW IT REALLY IS YOUR CALLING CARD. LIKE, THAT'S ONE OF... THAT'S ONE OF IF NOT YOUR MOST DISTINGUISHING FEATURE. WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT SAYS ABOUT CANADA OVER THE LAST 35 YEARS THAT YOU'VE BEEN HERE?

Nav says THAT'S WHAT I WAS SAYING. DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH. THAT'S WHY I ALWAYS SAY, IF THERE IS A HEAVEN ON THIS EARTH, IT'S RIGHT HERE IN CANADA. AND I ALWAYS TELL, WHENEVER I SPEAK TO THE YOUNGER... IN THE SCHOOLS AND ALL THAT, I KEEP ON TELLING THEM, HEY, PLEASE TAKE CARE OF OUR FUTURE. MAKE SURE DIVERSITY IS OUR BIG STRENGTH. AND THAT'S WHAT IT IS. YOU KNOW, LOOK AT THAT, THE LOVE THAT I'M GETTING IN TIM HORTON'S, THE CAR WASHES, EVERYWHERE. I DON'T THINK... YOU KNOW, THEY DON'T SEE THE COLOUR. THEY DON'T SEE THE TURBAN. THEY JUST CONSIDER ME AS THEIR BROTHER. THIS IS AN AMAZING FEELING. I'M SO BLESSED. AND I HOPE IT RUBS OFF TO THE OTHER PART OF THE WORLD.

Steve says HERE IS MY HARDEST QUESTION OF ALL: WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE RAPTOR PLAYER?

Nav says NOW OR EVER?

Steve says EVER.

Nav says VINCE CARTER, 15.

Steve says VINCE CARTER.

Nav says VINCE CARTER, 15. YOU KNOW WHY? NOT BECAUSE HE WAS THE BEST DUNKER EVER. NOT BECAUSE HE WAS VERY ATHLETIC. WHAT HE DID FOR OUR COUNTRY, CANADA. YOU KNOW, HE INSPIRED SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THAT TIME IN YEAR 2000, AND WE USED TO HAVE THE CAMP BRINGING 600 KIDS EVERY YEAR RIGHT AFTER THE SEASON WAS OVER. MOST OF THE TIME, SUPERSTARS TAKE THE NEXT FLIGHT AND THEY'RE OUT OF THE COUNTRY. BUT HE WAS THERE, STAYED THERE FOR MORE... SEVEN DAYS AND SPENT TIME, SEVEN DAYS WITH 600 KIDS AND THAT'S THE REASON TODAY IN THE NBA, WE HAVE MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE WHO ARE PLAYING BASKETBALL IN A SUPER LEVEL, LIKE JOSEPH, THOMPSON, MURRAY, ALL THOSE GUYS. I TELL YOU, THE CREDIT GOES TO HIM, KUDOS TO HIM. YOU KNOW, WHAT HE DID DURING THAT TIME, THE IMPACT HE MADE ON CANADA AND THIS YOUNG GENERATION, WHICH IS IN THE NBA TODAY.

Steve says HE'S GOING TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME SOME DAY, NAV. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU GOT THERE FIRST.

Nav says HE TOLD ME THAT. HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO CALL ME RIGHT AFTER, DURING THE TIME THE CEREMONY WAS GOING. AND HE SAID HE WAS PROUD. AND SOMEBODY WAS SPEAKING TO HIM FROM THE NBA. HE WAS AHEAD OF YOU. I SAID DON'T SAY THAT TO HIM BECAUSE I RESPECT VINCE VERY MUCH. EVEN WHEN I WAS THERE. LET ME TELL YOU. EVEN WHEN I WAS BEING HONOURED IN THE HALL OF FAME, I'M THANKING ALL THE PLAYERS WHO PLAYED FOR THE RAPTORS, ALL THE FANS, RAPTORS FANS, AND ALL THE BASKETBALL FANS ARE WITH ME IN MY GALLERY.

Steve says WONDERFUL. WE HAVE ANOTHER PICTURE WE WANT TO SHOW HERE. HERE'S YOU AND, WELL, A GUY WHO HAS PLAYED A LITTLE BIT OF BASKETBALL FOR THE RAPTORS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, HE'S FROM PHILADELPHIA ORIGINALLY. ARE YOU GUYS BUDDIES, YOU AND KYLE LOWREY BUDDIES?

In a picture, player Kyle Lowrey stands on the court yelling triumphantly as Nav celebrates in the background.

Nav says HE AND HIS WIFE. I TALK MORE TO HIS WIFE THAN HIM. HE'S AN AMAZING GUY. HE HAS CHANGED THE CULTURE IN TORONTO. HE HAS MADE A WINNING CULTURE ALONG WITH MASAI UJIRI. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR HIM.

Steve says AGAIN, YOUR TURBAN IS PART OF YOUR CALLING CARD, PART OF YOUR BRAND, IF YOU LIKE, AND SO IS THIS. YOU DO THIS AT THE GAMES ALL THE TIME WITH THE TOWEL, THE SWINGING OF THE TOWEL, AND IT JUST GETS PEOPLE REALLY GOING. WHERE DID THIS IDEA COME FROM?

In a picture, players jump on the court as Nav stands in the background swirling a white towel in the air.

Nav says I'VE BEEN DOING THAT FOR THE LONGEST TIME. I USED TO HAVE A HORN AND I USED TO HAVE A TOWEL FROM THE BEGINNING. FUNNY ENOUGH, YOU'RE SHOWING THAT PICTURE. LAST YEAR, GIANNIS, GREEK THE FREAK, OF ALL THE FANS AND ALL THE ARENAS, THE RAPTORS' ARENA IS THE TOUGHEST TO PLAY BECAUSE SUPERFAN GETS INTO HIS HEAD. THAT'S WHAT HE WROTE. AND, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S TRUE. BECAUSE WE LOST IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP RUN. WE FIRST LOST TWO GAMES TO MILWAUKEE IN THAT RUN. IN THE THIRD GAME WHEN HE CAME HERE, HE MISSED THREE FREE THROWS AND WE WON THE GAME. I GUESS I WAS GIVEN THE CREDIT FOR THAT WIN.

Steve says HAVING SAID THAT, YOU'D LOVE IT IF THE RAPTORS SIGNED HIM, WOULDN'T YOU?

Nav says HE SIGNED THERE. HE'S PLAYING FOR MILWAUKEE. I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS HE'S GOING TO COME. HE'S WORKING ON GETTING THEM A CHAMPIONSHIP AND MORE POWER TO HIM. YOU KNOW WHAT? I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE ALL THE BALLERS. I LOVE ALL THE BALLERS. I LOVE ALL THE OPPOSING COACHES AND OPPOSING BALLERS AND THE REFEREES. ONLY FOR 48 MINUTES WHEN WE ARE PLAYING I'M FOR THE RAPTORS AND I HAVE TO PICK ON THEM. BUT BEFORE THE GAME AND AFTER THE GAME, WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND WE BREAK BREAD TOGETHER.

Steve says MY LAST QUESTION MAY BE THE EASIEST, AND THAT IS, WAS 2019, THE YEAR THE RAPTORS WON IT ALL, WAS THAT THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

Nav says IT CHANGED MY LIFE... YES, IT WAS. IT WAS SO SATISFYING. AND THE THINGS WHICH HAPPENED, YOU KNOW? LIKE I'M ON THE COURTSIDE AND SITTING NEXT TO STEVE AT THE GOLDEN STATE BENCH. WE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE FIRST PEOPLE WHO COME AND CONGRATULATE ME ARE STEVE AND THE GOLDEN STATE TEAM. AND STEPH CURRY. AND THE OTHERS. THREE DAYS LATER, I'M THE GRAND MARSHALL OF THE BIGGEST PARADE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF SPORT. AND THEN ON OCTOBER 22nd, 2019, GETTING THIS CHAMPIONSHIP RING. I MEAN, I TELL YOU. AND THEN NOW. I MEAN, GETTING THE HALL OF FAME. THIS IS SOMETHING A FAN CANNOT DREAM OF BUT GOD IS GOOD AND I'M GOING TO TAKE IT AS A BLESSING.

The caption changes to "Producer: Preeti Bhuyan, @PreetiBhuyan."

Steve says NAV, YOU ARE A LEGEND AND WE'RE SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU SPARED SOME TIME FOR US ON TVO TONIGHT. I SURE HOPE THE TEAM GETS BACK ON THIS SIDE OF THE BORDER FOR NEXT SEASON AND WE CAN SEE YOU IN YOUR FAMILIAR PLACE AT SCOTIABANK ARENA ONCE AGAIN.

Nav says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, STAY SAFE.

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