It’s playoff time. Everyone’s on the bandwagon, and the ACC is full and full of energy. So are bars, restaurants, and Jurassic Park for that matter.
It’s a time to pull together. It’s a time to support your team. It’s a time to… Make a fool of yourself?
That’s what happened on the pre-game broadcast on Tuesday.
Some idiot showed up with a “Trade Lowry” sign that got on TV, as TSN’s Nabil Karim and guest analyst Nik Stauskas of the Philadelphia 76ers looked over their shoulders.
The fan with the sign, whose face is not fully visible in the image above, was piling on Lowry after a disappointing four-point performance in Game 1.
Lowry responded emphatically, dropping 22 points in Game 2, including a clutch jump shot with under 10 seconds left to seal the deal.
Judging by the reaction on social media, “sign guy” did not speak for everyone in Raptors Nation.
Bringing a 'Trade Lowry' sign to Jurassic Park for Round 1, Game 2 is about as pathetic as it gets for an attention-seeking troll
— Joseph Casciaro (@JosephCasciaro) April 18, 2017
The fan holding a "trade Lowry" sign are the same kind of fans that threw a beer at Hyun Soo Kim. I hate you, and you make us all look bad
— Spencer (@Spenred) April 18, 2017
'Trade lowry' sign really pissing me off
— sb (@416DUH) April 18, 2017
Whoever is at Jurassic Park with the "trade Lowry" sign please get the fuck out of Toronto tonight
— Pillsbandy doughboy (@jonahprussky) April 18, 2017
— Gautam (@goatontop) April 18, 2017
What's wrong with the fan with the sign saying trade Kyle Lowry?? Someone get him out of Jurassic park! Ban him
— K (@ThisIsK_) April 18, 2017
— Neil Patel (@snappictures) April 18, 2017
To that guy with the "Trade Lowry" sign from earlier … pic.twitter.com/YNNTPyQ6kO
— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) April 18, 2017
Guy with the trade Lowry sign needs to be fined #RTZ
— Yash 🌺🌺🌺 (@YashTamhane) April 19, 2017
Where those fake fans with the trade lowry sign at
— Wally West (@yeeitslanz) April 19, 2017
Trade the "Trade Lowry" sign guy. #RTZ
— Andy (@_rallycap) April 19, 2017
Lowry has a player-option on his contract for next season that would pay him $12 million per season. You can make a case for trading him – you can make a case for trading just about anyone – but now is clearly not the time.
With the Boston Celtics down 2-0 in their series and the Cleveland Cavaliers looking human, this could be the Raptors’ best shot at a championship. Maybe save the political statement about your All-Star point guard until after the season?