Title: Kyle Lowry is aging impeccably. But how much longer can he continue to be great?
Date: May 1, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kyle Lowry bucking point guard aging convention and tried to find precedent for him keeping it up.
Kyle Lowry is six weeks older than me.
This is, admittedly, a weird thing to know or care about. It’s perhaps even stranger to use it as some sort of guidepost, as I have in the past few years of my career. Yet, as Lowry has shifted from the early peak portion of his aging curve to the theoretical end of it, it’s been hard to ignore. After all, save for this potentially brief Marc Gasol era, Lowry is the only thing standing between me being older than all of the players I cover on a daily basis.
Were Lowry another player, this could be cause for alarm. I might find myself feeling washed, or at least old. Something like the launch of a nostalgic music podcast could be viewed as a strained grasp to catch the sands of time ticking through the proverbial hourglass. Lowry allows for an expanded perspective on aging. Instead of falling out of fashion as quickly as a Todd Phillips comedy, like most — and particularly diminutive — point guards, Lowry has continued to thrive into his perceived decline phase. He is a basketball cast-iron skillet, absorbing each successive season(ing) to become an even more robust weapon. “Actually, my podcast is cool,” is the conclusion that only Lowry leaves an opening for.