Earlier this week, Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson celebrated his team’s NBA championship with a parade through the streets of San Francisco. The Warriors won their fourth championship in eight years when they beat the Boston Celtics in six games in the NBA Finals.
During the parade, Toscano-Anderson, who is of Mexican descent, shared a sweet moment with a young Warriors fan who was cheering for him in the crowd. After giving the kid a big hug and handshake, he asked parade officials if it would be OK to bring the young boy over the barricade and onto the street with him.
When he received the thumbs up, Toscano-Anderson carried the kid over, and the two started marching down the street, celebrating for a few seconds. When he lifted the kid back over the barrier to his family, the two shared another handshake and hug, and the boy said, “I love you!”
Along the parade route, Toscano-Anderson also stopped to show off some serious dance moves for fans while surrounded by Mexican flags.
“Dreams do come true,” Toscano-Anderson told a reporter during the parade when he was asked about his Mexican roots. “With all that being said, I’m half Black, too, and Black is beautiful. I know [being Mexican] is a big thing, and people are putting emphasis on that, but just as much as I am Mexican, I’m Black as well, and I love being Black.”
Toscano-Anderson added: “It’s bigger than me. It’s bigger than all that. It’s about dreams. It don’t matter what color you are or what your heritage is or where you come from.”
Since winning the championship, the NBA and several major outlets have reported that Juan Toscano-Anderson is the first player of Mexican descent to win an NBA title. However, he is actually the second player to reach the feat. Former NBA player Mark Aguirre won two NBA championships with the New York Knicks in 1989 and 1990.