WINCHESTER, Ky. (FOX 56) — When you think about all of the dynamic duos that have been through/currently in the NBA, you think of LeBron James DeWayne Wade, Karl Malone and John Stockton, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and more.
However, there’s a local duo that would consider themselves Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan 2.0.
After the Bulls-Heat game in November 2021, DeRozan was asked to talk about his relationship with Lowry despite no longer being teammates, and DeRozan had plenty to say. He shared that if “my [DeRozan’s] mother would have had another son, it would be him [Lowry],” and “if my [Lowry’s] mother would have had another son it would be him [DeRozan].”
That’s the beauty of sports, it forms relationships that seem to last forever. Two ballers from different backgrounds have made a perfect match here at George Rogers Clark High School.
“We are to a point of where we get on each other so much,” senior point guard, Aden Slone said. “It’s in a good way though, like we’re basically brothers.”
Senior point guard, Aden Slone, and senior shooting guard, Tanner Walton, have both transferred from other schools in Lexington to GRCHS to be in the starting lineup in Win City. They had no intentions of becoming best friends, but since summer ball they have been inseparable.
“I came here not thinking I would build relationships with people,” senior shooting guard Walton said. “We hang out all the time. I’ll go over his house, play video games and he’ll come over to mine and stay the night some nights.”
That’s where it starts, however it continues on the court. The Cardinals basketball program has prided themselves on team chemistry – it’s what’s been a key ingredient in their success for years. Slone and Walton’s chemistry is stronger than most people’s wifi, allowing them to make it easier on the hardwood.
“He get’s me,” Slone said. “I know what he’s good at and he knows what I’m good at. If he sees me doing something he knows what to do and that’s how I’m able to find him on passes and he can find me.”
“Playing with him makes it so much easier for a player like me on the court,” Walton said. “I’m more quiet and he’s the loud one so it helps me be more outgoing on the floor.”
Just like DeRozan and Lowry, these two will eventually have to go their separate ways, but their bond is forever.”
“Whenever you leave high school everybody knows you hold on to two or three friendships max, but there’s some that you hold onto for longer, and I think we can expect that,” Slone said.