Thank You, Norm

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Norman Powell Pens Players Tribune Article Thanking Raptors, Fans

This one may be a tear-jerker.

Since his iconic playoff dunk against the Indiana Pacers as a rookie, the former 46th overall pick Norman Powell defied the odds and transformed into more than just a fan favourite in Toronto.

He became a legitimate scorer, a valuable two-way player, and through hard and tireless work, Powell helped the Toronto Raptors reach the NBA’s pinnacle. He became a champion and through the years its hard to find a single bad thing to say about the former UCLA Bruin.

Things weren’t always easy.

He lost playing time to the likes of CJ Miles. He had his fair share of struggles, but unlike most players, not once have you heard Powell complain. He kept his head down and he continued to grind and turn into a player who is due for a major payday of upwards of $60 million this coming offseason.

It has now been a week since the Raptors opted to move him to the Portland Trail Blazers in a pre-deadline deal for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood. Surely, no one will forget about Powell anytime soon and his love for the city of Toronto will continue to live on.

“Honestly words can’t describe how thankful I am for the Toronto Raptors organization,” Powell wrote in an Instagram post. “You gave this kid from southeast San Diego a chance to fulfill a childhood dream of not only playing in the NBA but also winning a NBA Championship.

“From the moment I got out the car in Maple Leaf Square for my pre draft workout in 2015, I felt Toronto was the place for me. I’m truly going to miss the city, fans, my teammates and all the relationships I’ve built over the past 6 years. Thank you for embracing me and my Understand The Grind mentality as one of your own. The love and support never went unnoticed. I am grateful and blessed with many memories and experiences that I’ll never forget. Toronto will always be in my heart.”

On Wednesday, Powell penned a heartfelt letter to the city of Toronto and the Raptors Organization in the Players Tribune. My words do not do it enough justice and I encourage every fan of the Raptors to give it a read.

Thank you, Norm!

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