Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have the best bromance in the NBA. Through years of competing as one of the best backcourts in the league, the Toronto Raptors’ guards have become good friends, sharing their love for everyone to see.
Now, there is a chance that their on-court partnership will end. Lowry is a free agent and after several playoff disappointments, the point guard may want to move on from Toronto. It’s also unclear if Masai Ujiri and Co. will give the aging guard a full five-year max contract.
Whatever Lowry’s choice, DeRozan says he will respect his friend in his pursuits rather than attempting to sway his decision. Following via Joseph Casciaro of The Score:
“As long as he tells me, and I don’t have to read it, I’m completely fine with it,” DeRozan told theScore on Wednesday, when asked how he’d react to the worst-case scenario of Lowry departing Toronto.
“If he comes to me as a man and tells me it’s time to move on, I’ll respect it. It’s just the choices in life we have to deal with. You’re kind of more accepting when somebody close to you like that tells you before they do something, so you’re not surprised just like everybody else. As a friend – me calling myself his friend – I have to just respect it.”
Last year, the NBA world was torn apart as Kevin Durant left OKC and his former best friend in Russell Westbrook. Their public feud was started in part because Durant reportedly did not tell Westbrook about his intentions.
While it’s unclear if DeRozan and Lowry will be separated in basketball, it’s nice to see that their off-court relationship will likely withstand any career decisions.