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What will the Kyle Lowry statue look like? We've got some ideas

Alex Wong
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Kyle Lowry recorded his 10,000th point with the Toronto Raptors last week. The point guard, who accidentally became the greatest Raptor of all-time, has been one of the few bright spots in a disappointing season so far. Lowry turns 35 in March and remains one of the most impactful point guards in the NBA. Whenever he does hang it up, his jersey will be retired, and there’s been a growing push for a Kyle Lowry statue to exist outside of Scotiabank Arena. With another personal milestone added to his growing resume, it’s time to figure out what the statue will look like:

This has to be a front-runner for the Kyle Lowry statue. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
This has to be a front-runner for the Kyle Lowry statue. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Kyle draws a charge

Is there another NBA signature move which so properly explains the player than Lowry drawing offensive charges? Whether it’s a preseason game in Tokyo, the fourth quarter of an All-Star game in Chicago, a meaningless February regular season game in Charlotte, or Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Lowry will sacrifice his body to draw an offensive foul in order to win a possession for his team. Incredibly, Lowry’s charges per game have increased with age. This feels like the ideal statue image. It describes Lowry perfectly.

Kyle at the parade

Remember the good old days when the Raptors won it all and had a parade to celebrate? Lowry paid homage to the first point guard of the franchise (and a former teammate and mentor) by wearing a Damon Stoudamire jersey. A statue of him wearing a throwback Raptors jersey while holding up the Larry O’Brien trophy would be a strong contender.

Kyle and Masai

The image I keep getting drawn back to when I think about Game 6 of the NBA Finals is the hug Lowry and Masai Ujiri shared on the court after the buzzer. Two architects of the greatest era in franchise history sharing a special moment in their careers. In the aftermath, the moment feels even stronger knowing what Ujiri went through to even get on court. The added bonus is you get to honour the two architects of the greatest era in Raptors history with one statue.

Masai Ujiri and Kyle Lowry celebrate after Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Masai Ujiri and Kyle Lowry celebrate after Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kyle and DeMar

When his career is over, DeMar DeRozan will be honoured by the Raptors as well. This one might be a harder sell. The partnership defined a better part of Lowry’s career in Toronto but it also ended in playoff disappointment so many times. It makes more sense to have their jerseys retired next to each other in the rafters.

The signature photo

This photo is just statuesque.

Kyle’s pre-game ritual

I’m warming up (sorry for the pun) to the idea of Lowry’s statue being his elaborate pre-game routine with his teammates. Lowry hasn’t been a favourite of every media member, every NBA referee or even every head coach, but he’s an incredible teammate who always goes out of his way to praise his guys whenever he gets a chance. This is the most elaborate statue to pull off on this list, but it would be incredible.

Bonus: Kyle crawling between George Hill’s legs

Unclear if this statue pitch would make it past the first cuts but I do feel very strongly that we need to commemorate this absurd moment in some ways.

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