SportsKawhi to Lowry after trade: 'Let's go out and do something special'
Masai Ujiri's talk with Lowry with the turning point in their relationship
TORONTO — Masai Ujiri pinpoints a particular conversation as the turning point in his relationship with Kyle Lowry this season. When the Toronto Raptors president shipped franchise icon and Lowry's good friend DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard last summer, perhaps nobody was more hurt by the stunning move than Lowry. But the two who've butted heads over the years had a heart-to-heart before February's NBA trade deadline. And it made all the difference.
The Toronto Raptors took a major gamble when they shipped DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. But the risk paid off when Toronto won the first championship in franchise history, knocking off the Golden State Warriors in six games.
Despite initial question marks about his interest in joining the team, Leonard told reporters after the series-clinching victory that he quickly messaged Kyle Lowry following the trade, saying he's in Toronto to win a title.
"We all know where my destinations were," Leonard said, according to. "But obviously like I said, when I was there on my opening-day meeting that I was focused on the now, and I wanted to make history here and that's all I did. ... The guys here have been making runs in the playoffs before I came, so I know they were a talented team. And I just came in with the right mindset, let's go out and win ball games.
Kyle Lowry Can't Feel His Thumb and That's Kind of a Big Problem
Kyle Lowry is the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference champion Toronto Raptors. One prerequisite for point guards starting in the NBA finals is the ability to be at least a proficient shooter and a solid passer. Well, if the report that Lowry cannot feel his thumb is indeed true, those actions would be hard to complete in Thursday's NBA Finals opener. Soooo...Kyle Lowry came on #TheJump and says he can’t feel his thumb when he’s playing right now. He also said he still speaks to DeMar DeRozan every day, and DeRozan is rooting for the Raptors in the Finals https://t.
"I texted Kyle probably a day later - or the day I got traded and told him '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."
Lowry was notably upset when team president Masai Ujiri dealt DeRozan, his best friend. But he's said multiple times since the trade that it's all business, and he was focused on hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy for the first time.
Leonard, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year, immediately gave Toronto championship aspirations when he came aboard the perennial playoff contender.
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