It’s 11:30pm a brisk wind is in the air on a cool Wednesday evening. I had this unexplainable feeling once I checked my phone and the inevitable had happened. Kyle Lowry the head of the Toronto Raptors snake verbally agreed to a 4-year deal worth 48 million.
After years of developing talented superstars from Damon Stoudamire, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh who all elected to travel to greener pastures, Kyle Lowry decided to stay.
After one of the most memorable years covering the NBA, that had me travelling to New York to not just tour but work at the NBA offices, go to the Mecca of Basketball Madison Square Gardens to watch the Raptors close out the regular season vs. New York Knicks and I can go on, but this particular moment solidified it all.
He is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, a floor general with an edge, a player who doesn’t shy away from contact and will risk his body for the greater good of the team. He alongside the help of coach Casey and Masai Ujiri have show not just Toronto but Canada that it is possible to preserve, nurture and grow talent north of the border #WeTheNorth.
It’s 1:56 am and I am still beaming with excitement! I want to scream for the fences and let the world know the Toronto Raptors have already made a bigger milestone then just turning 20 years old as a franchise but locking up a superstar in the making in Kyle Lowry to a hefty 4-year deal.
They say we live in a world where anything is possible and it was proven verbally on July 2nd that our neighbours to the South will have something to worry about in the near future with the team the Toronto Raptors assembling. One with an explosive edge and flare for the dramatics be warned world!