It’ll be a fun and emotional night, as Kyle Lowry is definitely pumped up to make his first trip to Toronto wherein the Miami Heat is scheduled to square off against the Raptors on weekend.
Ahead of his much-awaited return on Sunday, the 36-year-old point guard wrote a new heartwarming letter addressed to all the people he became associated with which he referred to as his ‘Toronto family’ – on representing the franchise for nine seasons.
I’m excited as hell to play in Scotiabank Arena again, and to hear Raptors fans do their thing again. I’m excited to be on a court with Freddy and Pascal and O.G. again – if Masai is big bro, then those are my little bros, and they’re the guys now, they’re taking over. And I’m excited to experience that energy of Toronto basketball again.
But I also think it might just be a normal night in some ways, you know what I mean? Because regardless of the jersey I’m wearing, a lot still hasn’t changed … and won’t ever change.
Considered by many the greatest Raptor of all time, Lowry landed in Canada way back in 2012 and transformed into a late bloomer, impactful floor general. He became a six-time All-star and a 2016 All-NBA Third Team member donning for the franchise, while his leadership, tenacity, and determination were focal factors to the team’s 2019 maiden title.
Lowry left Toronto upon the Raptors’ sign-and-trade agreement with the Heat last year. Upon his departure, he holds the franchise’s all-time records in total assists (4,277), steals (873), three-point field goals (1518), and triple-doubles (16). Team chairman Larry Tanenbaum vowed that his jersey no. 7 will be hanged in the rafters of Scotiabank Arena once he announces his retirement.
Both the Heat (49-28) and the Raptors (44-32) are poised to enter the playoffs this season.