A Toronto Raptors fan had freebie kicks jacked in Chicago on New Year’s Eve, but Kyle Lowry personally made it up to him. Per the team website:
The night started well enough for (Alan) Vale, a Toronto native who decided to travel to Chicago to see his favourite team on New Year’s Eve.
“I went with my girlfriend and we just wanted to go to an American city that we hadn’t been to before. So we decided on Chicago and conveniently enough, the Raptors were playing on New Year’s Eve, so I wasn’t about to miss that.”
Good call, as the Raptors pulled away late to defeat the Bulls 85-79 for a solid road win. The couple had shelled out a little more to sit in the lower bowl near the tunnel on the special night and were even able to high-five a few of the players on their way out.
Lowry was the last to leave the court and Vale kept the shout outs coming.
“I think I yelled at him ‘I came from Toronto and you played a great game, that was awesome,’ just kind of non-nonchalantly,” said Vale. “He turned around and started to untie his shoe and I was thinking ‘is this really happening right now?’”
Unfortunately, someone else clearly understood what was happening and wound up with the equivalent of two “pick sixes” at Soldier Field. But thanks to a little sleuthing on social media, Lowry was told about the incident and decided to make it right before the Raptors game against the Bucks on Monday.
Vale, along with his friend Francis, was invited to take in pregame warmups courtside on Monday. He was then taken to the players lounge for what he thought was an interview about his story, only to have Lowry arrive to personally delivered a pair of his shoes.