Grab a box of tissues, people! Guess what we’re talking about today? Alright, you don’t have to guess. You read the title. It’s Norman Powell’s heart-wrenching goodbye letter to the Toronto Raptors.
In case you’re not up to speed yet, Powell has been traded to the Portland Trail Blazers after six years in the 6ix. We’re sure he’s going to continue crushing it in his new home, but before he left he took a touching stroll down memory lane.
Here are the highlights:
The letter is divided into 11 beautifully-written sections. Each one is dedicated to a different facet of Powell’s feelings about the trade. He thanks his teammates and Toronto as a whole, and even Drake gets a shoutout! He also reflects on how far his journey has come and where it’s set to go.
One of the parts where we really felt a lump in our throat is his reflection on Kyle Lowry’s reaction to the news.
He also shared a punch-in-the-gut heartfelt note about how he feels about the Toronto fanbase.
Is someone chopping onions in here???
Many top-notch sports reporters and personalities reacted to Norman Powell’s goodbye on Twitter.
Norman Powell is a mood forever It’s been a treat to watch the player he has developed into as a Raptor but what’s always been impressive is just how much he has poured into the communities of Toronto with his UTG line. Portland is getting a good one. pic.twitter.com/1TN0ZQUDzt
— Kayla Grey (@Kayla_Grey) March 25, 2021
I never had a bad experience dealing with Norman Powell. Not one. All the best to him.
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) March 25, 2021
But, of course, the most gut-wrenching reaction of all was Powell’s BFF Fred Vanvleet’s Instagram tribute.
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Look at all those memories!! Our hearts just can’t handle it!!!
Powell closes things off with a touching note about how he hopes to be remembered.
He really was one of us.
You can read the full letter right here.