The Toronto Raptors made franchise history on June 13th, 2019. Before the 2018-2019 season began, there were doubts throughout the city, NBA, and even on The Raptors about trading the star of the team in DeMar Derozan for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.
Leonard, who won the MVP award in 2014, while playing for the San Antonio Spurs was a key move that led to Raptors being in the NBA Finals this year. “This is what I play basketball for,” said Leonard “This is what I work out for.
I know your best friend left, I know you’re mad, but let’s make this thing work out. And we are here todayKawhi Leonard Text to Kyle Lowry
The above text was pivotal in trying to ease the tension that could have build with Kyle Lowry, due to his friendship with Demar Derozan. Kawhi Leonard, made sure to let Lowry know that he wanted to win and win big being apart of the Raptors franchise.
When Leonard arrived, he was coming off a season in which he missed all but nine games with a quadriceps issue and it was no great secret that his preferred destination was his birthplace of Los Angeles.
“I just came in with the right mindset, let’s go out and win ball games,” said Leonard.
“I texted Kyle (Lowry) probably a day later — or the day that I got traded and told him I said let’s go out and do something special. I know your best friend left, I know you’re mad, but let’s make this thing work out. And we are here today.”
In other news related to the NBA Champion Raptors, Kyle Lowry made his return to Instagram to flaunt his latest achievement with the Larry O’Brien trophy. The post has now been removed, but it stated:
“No words to explain these feelings and images !!! Hard work pays off I PROMISE!!! #WETHENORTH!!!!!! Say what you want but we are Now CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!”
It was heartwarming to see the longest tenured Toronto Raptor show his emotions about being the champion of the premiere basketball league. He eventually made things work out with Kawhi Leonard and now both men have that illustrious ring.