Updated: Feb 29
None of these guys could reach the pinnacle of what Kawhi helped the Raptors Accomplish.
The first title in the history of the Toronto Raptors looks like it officially ended the reign of the Golden State Warriors. With KD and his impending free agency and ruptured achilles and with Klay going down with a torn ACL the NBA should be wide open next year... but we have a whole offseason to project about next year.
This is all about Toronto and your two time (two team) NBA Finals MVP. Kawhi Leonard had the playoffs that every athlete dreams about. He was virtually unstoppable getting to the rim, hitting big time 3 pointers, playing amazing defense and even getting a Game 7 buzzer beater- the shot that every kid fantasizes about taking when they’re practicing in their driveway.
Kyle Lowry finally made it over the hill. A tortured soul when it comes to playoffs and heartbreaking losses, mostly at the hand of LeBron James. At long last making his Finals debut and hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy. Bittersweet, I’m sure given that he needed to see his best friend get traded away to get it.
A mid season addition, Marc Gasol now joins his brother Pau as an NBA Champion, becoming the first pair of brothers to do so.
This also could signify the end of the Drake curse, ya know, the way where everything Drake roots for loses in some spectacularly amazing fashion. I’m not on board with that theory. I just think that the Raptors were better than the curse and Drake is the Angel of Death when rooting for athletes/sports teams but that's an opinion for another post.
Now that the season has ended we extend Congratulations to the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors for a great series and hopefully a full speedy recovery to KD and Klay. We can now start looking forward to the NBA Draft on June 20th and free agency beginning June 30th. Buckle Up.