In 2014, former Toronto Raptors player Alvin Williams approached Kyle Lowry and told him “If you ever get this city to the playoffs, they’ll never forget you.”
2 years later, Kyle and the Raptors are now playing for the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the first time in franchise history. Lowry scored 35 points downing the Miami Heat in the seventh and final game in the Eastern Conference semi-finals by a 116-89 score. It was a culmination of everything Kyle work hard for. When everyone thought he was not an NBA starter, when Memphis chose Mike Conley and traded him to Houston, when Houston’s coach Kevin Mchale couldn’t handle him and when everyone thought he cannot lead the Raptors to a playoff win, this was a bold statement for everyone who dared to criticize him.
Pablo Picasso once said “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.” Sometimes people tend to judge Kyle from the way he started in the NBA. He had always challenge authority and he has serious trust issues. Nobody really thought he would be the special player he is now. But he had to work on that early stigma on his career. Toronto became his solace and redemption for all the bad things that happened throughout his career. Make or break this is his one opportunity to prove to everybody he can be the best and he can deliver Toronto to the finals. We all remember in that same year in 2014, when Lowry and the Raptor are facing the Brooklyn Nets in the final and deciding game. Lowry fended off Deron Williams in the last seconds of the game to be momentarily free and go through the basket on Kevin Garnet’s outstretched hand. And when he was surprisingly open Lowry was on his way to the basket only to get block by Paul Pierce and end Toronto’s hopes of advancing to face the Miami Heat. This time Kyle made sure nobody is going to get on his way towards the Eastern finals.
Kyle has been an all-star and a franchise player. He had understood the importance of winning and most of all to trust everyone. Alvin Williams was right about getting this city to the playoffs and they will never forget you. But right now, nobody is stopping Kyle. As what everybody should know, he goes beyond everyone’s expectations.
Winning all the way is immortality.