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August 24, 2019

Kyle Lowry brought the NBA's Larry O'Brien trophy to North Philly

Lowry showed the trophy off, less than a mile from where he grew up, to a new generation of basketball fans

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry may have played a big role in ending the Sixers' 2018-19 season this past spring, but Lowry's also a Philadelphia native.

So this week, in an extremely cool move, Lowry decided to bring the Larry O'Brien trophy, the NBA's championship trophy, to North Philly, where his basketball journey began.

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Lowry held an event at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center, just a 0.6-mile walk from where he grew up on N. 20th Street. He brought the trophy, he announced a whopping $15,000 donation to the Hank Gathers Youth Recreation Center, and he posed for photos with Philadelphia residents next to the pinnacle of pro basketball achievement:

Ignore, for a moment, how you feel about his on-court antics: Lowry seems, by all accounts, to be a great guy, and Friday's event was just another example.

He told 6abc it was important for him to come home with the trophy he's been chasing his entire life:

"It's special for me. I know Sixers fans probably wanted it for them, but as a native son, being from here, it's more important for the neighborhood kids to see this, see what they're striving for, and bring it back. Show how hard it [is] to get there, but it's possible."

Lowry's mother, Marie Holloway, was also in attendance, and she tweeted this photo with the Larry O'Brien trophy on Friday afternoon:

It was a true Philadelphia day for a local hero, which is pretty cool. Now, go Sixers.

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