Fred VanVleet: Rockford’s NBA Champion, what they’re saying

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates the basket against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Raptors won the series 4-2, denying the Warriors what would have been a third straight championship.

Rockford’s Fred VanVleet scored 22 for Toronto.

He even called out Rockford after his win:

In celebration, VanVleet is getting his own limited edition NBA bobblehead from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame, which can be pre-ordered on their website.

Others in the Rockford area are chiming in to congratulate Rockford’s NBA champion:

"We are all incredibly excited for our own Fred VanVleet. He is first and foremost an incredibly humble and genuine man…

Posted by City of Rockford Government on Friday, June 14, 2019

When the shot clock is about to expire, the Raptors’ diminutive point guard is at his best.

Michael Pina, SB Nation

It does my heart good to see residents of Rockford, Illinois gathered en masse to celebrate a professional basketball game remotely, sharing a connection that crosses cultural lines and defies an ugly history.

Dan Bernstein, 670 The Score

Dear Champ. You are an inspiration to every underdog. Walking on the court, called too short, too slow, and too…

Posted by Our City, Our Story on Friday, June 14, 2019

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