The departure of Kyle Lowry to the warm lands of Miami just two months ago confirmed the inevitable closure of one stage and announced the beginning of another still to be revealed.
For nearly a decade, Lowry had been the body and soul of the Toronto Raptors, both on and off the court. The point guard and DeMar DeRozan supported the Canadian foundations until the second left for San Antonio. Lowry, the vocal leader. The escort, a benchmark on the track on the ship of the true marshal.
The same dynamic held when Kawhi Leonard landed on the Raptors in July 2018. In exchange, precisely, for DeRozan. The forward emerged as an irreplaceable piece on the Canadians’ road to the title. Yet the prevailing voice always came from Lowry’s throat.
With the goal of achieving the ring accomplished, the era over, and a new core of youth established, leadership now rests on different shoulders. While Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet are used to taking on that leadership role by now, the equation will house a third party in this season 2021-22: OG Anunoby.
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