I was so disturbed to hear Toronto Raptors fans cheering when when Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant went down with an injury. I applaud Raptors players gesture of disapproval towards their fans. But the picture of Raptors point guard, Kyle Lowry offering his sincere feelings to Kevin Durant stands out. It was the second time in less than a week that Lowry proved to be the real MVP.
During game four of this season’s NBA finals, we all witnessed a billionaire minority owner, Mark Stevens of the Golden State Warriors shove Raptors Kyle Lowry for no other reason than White privilege of a rich White man. Lowry saved this year’s NBA finals by showing restraint and not retaliating. But in game five we see Lowry showing more leadership with how he handled the Kevin Durant injury. He wanted no part of the fans cheering and his gesture to fans was followed up by caring for Durant’s well-being as if he was his own teammate.
Then more class was displayed when we see that a Toronto Raptors fan sent flowers and an apology to Warriors Oakland headquarters for Kevin Durant. These two class acts should be juxtaposed with the classless act by San Francisco City Hall who assisted the owners of the Warriors in building Chase Center, San Francisco.
Toronto Raptors showed how to treat your opponent. San Francisco City Hall showed how it treats its neighbor as an opponent; by using its covetous spirit to steal the Warriors from Oakland.