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    Default How important is Lowry to this team?

    According to Cathal Kelly at the Globe and Mail, the answer is more than "a lot":

    What makes Lowry so special right now is that he isnít just playing well and winning basketball games. What heís doing is selling a story. This is redemption Ė and it isnít preceded by some goofball tabloid outrage.

    This is a guy who was the 24th pick in the 2006 draft, who was supposed to be a jobbing pro, an uncoachable player, changing his professional DNA by force of will. In Darwinian terms, itís like watching a dog grow wings.

    This Kyle Lowry isnít just a star. He is the most indispensable part of the civic sports landscape since Roy Halladay or Mats Sundin.

    Unlike those two men, Lowry has it within him to be a transformative figure. In the coming weeks, he can add a line to the 20-year obituary of NBA basketball in Canada: ďThen the corpse sat up.Ē

    In public, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment is taking a Punch and Judy approach to upcoming free-agency negotiations. Ujiri is cagey; CEO Tim Leiweke stands behind him waving a giant, blank prop cheque.

    Understand this: Money will not be the factor that keeps Lowry from re-signing. Years will not be the problem. He will get what he wants. If he quits the light in Toronto to step into the shadow of Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony, it will be a judgment on the city. MLSE has gone so far down the road to planning a future with Lowry that, were he to leave, he would be derailing the train.

    For a whole bunch of reasons Ė not least of which is the mental health of anyone who watches the Raptors play Ė Lowry has to re-sign.

    Are you ready to do a deal?

    ďI honestly havenít even give a thought about what I want to do after the playoffs,Ē Lowry says, in a fair attempt at feigning innocence.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...ticle18034022/
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    How important is Lowry to this team? - VERY!

    According to Cathal Kelly at the Globe and Mail... - Cathal isn't at The Star anymore? I stopped going there once they introduced the pay wall.

    The bold is interesting - no? - Yes...in particular, "MLSE has gone so far down the road to planning a future with Lowry that, were he to leave, he would be derailing the train."

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    I've said this a number of times over the last month or two, if we can't retain Lowry, then this franchise takes another huge step backwards. If he isn't here this fall, then in my eyes this season was just a huge cock tease and all for naught. I love the development of young guys like Demar, Ross and JV, but no one has lead this team with as much superiority since Vince, then what Lowry has done for this team this season.

    No pressure Masai, but you (and our cheer bunny Drake) better find a way to ensure Lowry's here AT LEAST a minimum of another 3 years. Get it done.

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    We'll be fine if he leaves.

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    Quote Dr. James Naismith wrote: View Post
    If he isn't here this fall, then in my eyes this season was just a huge cock tease and all for naught.
    My feeling as well, if Lowry doesn't resign, trade Amir and Derozan and