NBA champion and five-time All-Star Kyle Lowry is on the mend as the offseason hits the dog days. He recently underwent surgery to repair a tendon injury in his left thumb.
Back in May, Lowry told Tracy McGrady on ESPN's "The Jump" that he couldn't feel his thumb after injuring it in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers. The veteran powered through it all, never really missing time and becoming an integral part of the Raptors capturing their first-ever NBA title.
With DeMar DeRozan and now Kawhi Leonard gone, the way is clear for Lowry to to form a dynamic duo with 2019 Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam next season, and perhaps beyond. Nobody's taking the Raptors to repeat as champions next season, but they can take a feel-good victory lap and stay competitive in the East.
Lowry put up a cool 14.2 points, 8.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds last season, good for his fifth career All-Star nod. This surgical procedure is not expected to be more than a "nagging injury" fix, and was also on his non-shooting hand to boot.
Lowry aims to be fully recovered in time USA Basketball training camp and the FIBA World Cup later this summer, so Raptors fans could relax -- their point guard should be on the floor come October to help defend that chip.