Raptors’ Kyle Lowry doesn’t care what his critics says now that he’s a champion
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry has heard his fair share of criticism over the years, with much of that criticism coming from his own Raptors fans for his lack of playoff success.
But now, Lowry is an NBA champion, and in the deciding Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, Lowry may very well have been the best player on the floor, finishing with 26 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals while going 9-of-16 from the floor and burying four 3-pointers.
As a result, the 33-year-old no longer cares what any of his detractors have to say:
“No,” Lowry told ESPN after Game 6. “I hope — I don’t care what they say. I appreciate the moment that I’m in. I’m happy I’m able to celebrate this moment with my teammates and with my family. The critics will have something else to say, which is fine. But I’m a champion.”
Lowry had a terrific series overall, averaging 16.2 points, 7.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals over 38.1 minutes per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the floor, 36.8 percent from 3-point range and 78.9 percent from the free-throw line.
This comes after a trying season for Lowry in which he dealt with back problems and had what was his least productive season with the Raptors, registering just 14.2 points per game while making 41.1 percent of his shots and 34.7 percent of his triples.
However, none of that matters now, as Lowry did it on the biggest stage and will forever be immortalized in Toronto.