Lowry says he plans to retire as a Raptor
There are many big icons in the Toronto Raptors franchise and the team is led by legends and stars who gave their best to the team. Kyle Lowry is one of those players who spent a long time with the Raps and now has plans to retire as a member of the team.
Aside from DeMar DeRozan and Vince Carter, Lowry is the next name that comes to mind when talking about the Raptors. He is a name to be considered since he leads the team in assists, steals, threes made and attempted. He even trails DeRozan in most games played and points scored.
Now as a member of the Miami Heat, Lowry has no other plans but to put all of his games into play for the team for now. His place as ‘Mr. Raptor’ is still very much alive in franchise lore thanks to his stat line of 17.5 points, 7.1 dimes, and 4.9 boards per game.
On top of that, Lowry is one of the players who won the league title for the Raptors in 2019. He left the team in the offseason to join a core made up of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Lowry and the Heat will visit the Raptors in 2022, and he knows it will not be an easy one at all.
‘I’m a man’s man, but I know I’m going to be a little bit sensitive and crying that day. I don’t know. I might hold it in’, Lowry said. ‘I’ve talked to DeMar about it. But it’s one of them days where I know it’s going to be a lot of love for me and me giving love back, it’s just going to be interesting how it goes down because I don’t know what to expect’.
Lowry’s call to leave the Raptors was more of a career-wise move that he saw as a restart both for him and the team. When the Raps lost to the Boston Celtics in the 2020 Playoffs, he knew that the champs would want to get a hard reset by then.
The Raps also had to spend the 2020-21 season away from Canada. They played all of their home games in Tampa due to health protocols in the country. Lowry said the time away from home was too much for him and not being able to say a formal farewell to the city was tough.
‘I don’t think I would’ve lived there for the rest of my life. That’s still home’, Lowry said. ‘Like I’ve said, and I’ll say it now, I will sign a one-day contract and I’ll retire as a Toronto Raptor’.
At the end of the day, Lowry still sees his stay with the Raps as a huge experience. It was a story that changed his career forever.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores