Kids of Toronto Raptors players announced their dads last night and it was adorable
The Toronto Raptors took their fans on yet another emotional roller coaster ride from within the confines of Walt Disney World last night, prompting tears and (presumably) cheers from more than 2,000 kilometres away.
Canada's own reigning NBA champions defeated the Brooklyn Nets 134-110 during their first playoff game for 2020, but the most memorable moment from Monday night's event took place even before tip-off.
If watching Toronto's starting line-up be introduced by their own family members ahead of Game 1 doesn't choke you up, Kyle Lowry's reaction will.
THE RAPTORS FUTURE 2030 BACKCOURT JUST INTRODUCED KYLE LOWRY 🐐🐐🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/b5AHuvD7TH— DeMarvelous DeChosen (@DeMarvelousGOAT) August 17, 2020
Being stuck in a bubble with zero in-game spectators has only forced the Raptors organization to get more creative, it seems, with how it pumps up players and fans watching from home alike.
Getting players' kids involved in announcing the line-up worked brilliantly on both fronts.
Not only are people online still raving about the unique intro, inspired by The Phoenix Suns, but players were also fired up to see their loved ones after so much time away from them in Orlando.
Karter King Lowry and Kameron King Lowry did a particularly fine job of announcing their dad, imitating Raptors in-game host Mark Strong with a flawless joint "L-L-L-L-L-LOWRY!"
Anyone who knows anything about Kyle Lowry's life off the court knows how much the six-time NBA All-Star adores his young sons, and the pure joy on his face after watching their introduction was truly touching.
"That got me going. Those are my babies, they're my world," said Lowry after the game to TSN. "That's a memory that's gonna last forever."
More Lowry on his sons: "I wanted to cry tears of joy. . . They are out of control man, my kids are superstars." Said it was a proud moment for all the Raptor starters.— Lori Ewing (@Ewingsports) August 17, 2020
The 34-year-old basketball star isn't the only Raptor with impossibly cute children, however — Marc Gasol and Fred VanVleet also got precious intros from their little ones.
Gasol's young daughter, Julia Gasol Blesa, introduced the Spanish starter as "My daddy, Marc Gasol," while one of Fred VanVleet's toddlers helped their mom with a "Go Daddy!" during her introduction.
You can see how much they miss them just by their reactions. No better way to hold back the tears and emotions with a casual knee stretch.— Marcus Brutus (@MBrutusNba) August 18, 2020
The intro was cute, for sure, but it also reminded fans at home of how much athletes are sacrificing to play in this strange, isolated NBA season.
"These guys miss their kids and families so f*cking much and they're away from them for work and for our entertainment and I respect them," wrote one fan.
"I don't care how much money you make, no amount of money can fill the void of not being with the ones you love."
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