Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Luguentz Dort is making his CFL fandom known ahead of Sunday’s East Final.
The Canadian NBA star arrived for Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors decked out in a Montreal Alouettes jersey, complete with his own number 5. The Alouettes are scheduled to compete for the East Division title later this weekend at BMO field against the Toronto Argonauts, who share a common ownership group with the Raptors in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
The arrival marks the second time this season that Dort has shown himself to be a CFL fan. The Montreal native joined Thunder teammates Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Aaron Wiggins on the sidelines at Tim Hortons Field on August 12 as guests of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a game in which they also played the Argonauts.
Given his gameday outfit, Dort seems to prefer his hometown Alouettes, though — like many Canadians — cheering against Toronto is a favourite past-time.
Dort went undrafted out of Arizona State in the 2019 NBA Draft but has since established himself as a valuable contributor for the Thunder. He averaged 17.2 points per game in 51 contests last year, cashing in on a five-year, $87.5 million extension in July.
Dort continues to be a vital part of the Thunder’s starting five beside fellow Canadian Gilgeous-Alexander, averaging 12.6 points, 2.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds through 11 games this season.
The Alouettes (9-9) are scheduled to visit the Argonauts (11-7) for the East Final on Sunday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Dort will not be in attendance, as the Thunder travel to New York to take on the Knicks that same afternoon.