The Toronto Raptors are gearing up for the biggest game in their franchise’s history and to be blunt, the pressure’s on to capture the city’s first Larry O’Brien trophy. But for point guard Kyle Lowry, the pressure heading into tonight’s matchup doesn't measure up to what he witnessed his family members experience growing up.
Ahead of Game 5, the Philly native gave a powerful speech on what he sees as true pressure. He detailed the sacrifices his immediate family made to put him in the position he is today.
Lowry’s road to the NBA was a long one and didn’t lack adversity. The 33-year-old grew up in a rough Philadelphia neighbourhood without his dad in the picture, before eventually earning a scholarship to Villanova. From there he would go on to get drafted 24th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2006.
On the court, Lowry’s showed no sign of pressure in the finals, averaging 15.3 points and 6 assists in his last three games. You can’t help but beg this question if the Raptors can manage to pull it off…
With the championship within reach, expect Kyle to leave it all on the line on Monday night.
(H/T Bleacher Report)