Kyle Lowry is now the Toronto Raptors' all-time assists leader. And former star Vince Carter also believes Klow is the greatest Toronto Raptor of all time. Vinsanity gave the verdict after his Atlanta Hawks lost 114-130 to Lowry and Co. in the 6ix on January 28, also revealing that the two stars are pretty close off the court.
It just so happens that 43-year-old Carter was in the building to see Lowry's accomplishment on Tuesday night. And he's certainly pleased to have been an eyewitness.
While talking to reporters, the vet opened up when asked if he thought the contemporary franchise icon is the greatest Raptor of all time.
“For sure. He’s done a lot, he’s accomplished a lot. He’s been through the ups and downs and he’s been to the mountaintop, so that propels him right there,” Carter said, as quoted by the Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat.
“Obviously, the longer he plays here the more he’s going to accomplish wonderful feats like this. It’s well deserved. He loves to play, he’s a competitor, obviously. I’m just glad I was able to see it."
A comment like that speaks volumes, especially from a former dunk contest king who had his own emotional video tribute aired before the game.
"I’ll talk junk to him later," Vince ended with a smirk, per Yahoo! Sports Canada. "He said he was trying to make sure he got it done today."
And Carter, who is a full decade older than 33-year-old Kyle, revealed the pair have a pretty close bond off the court.
"Kyle's a great guy, a great friend, somebody I talk to frequently and we're golf buddies, so we play a lot of golf in the summer when we can," Vince added.
"All throughout the season, we keep in touch. It's been a pretty cool relationship and he was the opponent that I was darn happy to see accomplish that goal."
Well, now, that's pretty cute.
There seems to be little doubt that they both have mad respect for each other. When Lowry realized his accomplishment on Tuesday night, he went right to Carter and shared a hug during the emotional moment.
Carter isn't the only one who believes Lowry plays a very important role in the Raptors franchise — Brampton native Tristan Thompson believes he's the team's "backbone."
And Vince certainly sees his value.
"His basketball IQ is up there with some of the best in my opinion, and he doesn't get a lot of credit for it, but he still goes and plays his butt off and it's an unbelievable record to have," Carter finished. "An unbelievable accomplishment, in my opinion."
Besides being an all-time leader in assists, Lowry also holds first place for the Raps in steals with 790 and three-pointers made at 1,327, per Basketball Reference.