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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry explains why he wants to play with Team USA despite recovery from thumb injury

Kyle Lowry, Raptors

Kyle Lowry is bullish on playing for Team USA once again after being part of the team that brought gold for a third straight time at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The Toronto Raptors floor general played the majority of the postseason with a torn ligament in his left thumb, one that is now encased in a mini plastic cast after having surgery on July 18.

Lowry is planning to meet with his doctor again next week. He is hoping to receive good news and consequent clearance to participate, as only one of two remnants from the team that won it all in Brazil three years ago.

Fresh off an NBA championship, Lowry could’ve easily taken the rest of the summer off to recuperate and bask in the glory of bringing Toronto its first-ever NBA title. However, Lowry’s duty to his country and his legacy mattered to him:

“I wanted to be a part of it,” Lowry told Michael Lee of The Athletic. “I love USA Basketball. I got a gold medal and I wanted to have a chance to keep the legacy going and have a chance to be coached by Coach (Gregg) Popovich. You look at this crop, we’ve got a bunch of young guys, future All-NBA players. Future, maybe, possible MVPs. You’ve got a lot of potential on this team. It’s always good to be around them.”

Kyle Lowry’s leadership will be a huge asset for head coach Gregg Popovich and the rest of the group, and his experience of knowing the process of winning gold will be invaluable to a very young roster, even if his playing time is diminished from what he saw three years ago.