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NBA championship trophy making rare BC appearance

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:47 PDT, Mon July 22, 2019

Basketball fans, especially those of the NBA, are in for a rare treat.

Basketball fans, especially those of the NBA, are in for a rare treat.

The Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy will make a rare appearance in British Columbia Tuesday, July 23 at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Alex McKechnie, assistant coach and director of sports science for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors and an honored member of the hall, will accompany the trophy.

It is the first time the Larry O’Brien Trophy has visited BC since 2015 and is one of the few times it has crossed the border into Canada. It is only the second official appearance accompanied by a Canadian winner. The only other time an NBA player, coach or team official brought the trophy to Canada was five years ago when Cory Joseph, then of the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and a former Raptor and current captain of Canada Basketball’s national men’s team, toured with it in Toronto in 2014.

This is McKechnie’s sixth NBA championship, and first with the Raptors. He previously won five NBA championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010). McKechnie has built an international reputation as an innovator and world leader in sport science and physiotherapy. His clients read like a list of sports royalty and include the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Paul Kariya, Steve Nash, Michelle Kwan, Terrell Owens and Craig Forrest, among many others.

Limited public access to Tuesday’s gathering will be available at 10 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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