‘Remember Seeing Michael Jordan’: Raptors’ Kyle Lowry Opens Up on His Infamous Post Game Ritual

Published 02/27/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Feb 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Michael Jordan was a great leader during his time in the league. Although he might be a little rough on his teammates, he got out the desired results from them. When it was all said and done, MJ retired with a record of 6-0 in the NBA Finals.

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However, Jordan’s career was not always about these huge accomplishments. It’s the little things that players do on the court that makes fans remember them forever. Jordan used to give the game ball to his teammates if they had a great performance or reached any milestone.

After Jordan, Kobe Bryant continued that practice with his teammates. But in the modern day NBA, not many players follow it. Well, apart from one player- Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry.

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Kyle Lowry credits Michael Jordan for following a special ritual after games

Chicago Bulls # 23 Michael Jordan sitting next to Bill Cartwright on the bench during the Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks game on May 14 , 1993 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

Over the years, the 34-year-old veteran point guard has been an instrumental piece for the Raptors. During this time, he has become a leader for his teammates and he is someone that Raptor players look up to.

In return, Kyle has always appreciated their efforts. Recently, Lowry revealed his reasonings behind giving the game ball to a teammate who has done exceptional in games. He said:

“I remember seeing Michael Jordan grab the game ball… and I’ve seen Kobe do it… It’s something that you’ll always have in your family forever, and it’s just special for that individual.”

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Receiving a game ball is a special feeling for any player. When it comes from your leader, it means even more. It not only works as a token of appreciation but also as a motivation for them.

The best example of Lowry’s leadership skills is how he has helped his team shrug off a poor start to the season. Currently, the Raptors are fourth in the East with a record of 17-17. The team is finally playing like legit contenders in the conference.

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Do you believe they will make it all the way to the NBA Finals this season? Or do you think they are in for another disappointing postseason run? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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