It's in Kyle Lowry's best interests to re-sign with Raptors

Raptors' Kyle Lowry is a free agent after the season and hasn't said much about his future, but...

Raptors' Kyle Lowry is a free agent after the season and hasn't said much about his future, but Steve Simmons says re-signing with the team would be Lowry's best option. (Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:39 PM ET

TORONTO - The elephant in the room on this wondrous Raptors playoff ride is not Kyle Lowry’s wonky knee or bloody lip, but his contractual status.

Lowry has never been happier, never played better, never meant more to any of his teams at any time, never been the gut and engine of any pro franchise. He is the Gary Roberts of 2002, lifting his team and this city and carrying it along on a journey — however long it may last.

He leads and everyone else follows, playing a different game than Roberts — only so much of it is the same, cloaked in determination and grit and just a little bit of anger, the kind that works in a player’s favour.

Lowry is the smallest and toughest of all Raptors: And that, by itself, makes him unique. There is no standing eight count necessary in his game. When he gets knocked down, no matter what the injury, he finds a way up, adjusts, dusts himself off on, and continues on. He is (Boom Boom) Mancini with a jumpshot and a penetration game.


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