HoopsHype Kyle Lowry rumors

November 27, 2014 Updates

While Valanciunas had a huge night, Kyle Lowry had the play of the game when he poked the ball away from Suns guard Isaiah Thomas with 23 seconds on the clock and the Raptors leading by two. DeMar DeRozan iced the victory with four straight free throws with under a minute remaining. Lowry also had an end-to-end sequence to remember, leaving teammate Chuck Hayes amazed and the crowd buzzing with MVP chants. “He had a sequence where he got the block, loose ball, got the steal, got the assist and then the charge,” Hayes said. “Unbelievable. That shows our leader, man.” “It’s a hell of an unselfish team,” Lowry said. “It’s a team where it doesn’t matter who is most successful. Everybody wants to win games.” NBA.com

November 24, 2014 Updates

The Lakers, for instance, showed initial interest in Lowry, but told him and his agent, Andy Miller, that they simply could not offer Lowry a contract until they heard a final answer from Anthony and James, Miller says. They contacted the agents for some of those other B-level players with similar tepid overtures, per several league sources. Stephenson told me the Lakers contacted him early in free agency but never followed up. Thomas says he badly wanted to be a Laker, but that the team showed no interest. Kupchak has a general stance against participating in restricted free agency, per sources across the league, since he does not want L.A.’s cap room tied up for three-plus days on an offer sheet another team can match. (Kupchak declined comment on this topic.) Grantland

November 11, 2014 Updates

“Of course, I looked at other places, but at the end of the day, I started something in Toronto and I wanted to finish it in Toronto,” Lowry said. “I wanted to be a part of it, I wanted to be a part of this organization and franchise. It comes with the continuity of the team, the ownership, management, coaches. Everything blends in together and you want to be part of an up-and-coming organization.” Sporting News

As Lowry made his way through the NBA, he developed relationships with players on other teams. Fellow Villanova alum Alvin Williams invited him over for dinner while Chauncey Billups and Tyronn Lue, whom he worked out with in the offseason, also made an impact with their warm outreach. “I had guys accept me for me and they embraced me. I felt I had to pass it along,” Lowry, 28, told Basketball Insiders. “The things that I’ve done, those guys did for me… I appreciate those guys because this fraternity is a very small brotherhood.” Basketball Insiders

The Grizzlies traded Lowry to the Houston Rockets during his third season in 2009. That was where Chuck Hayes met the budding point guard, who was a backup at the time. When Aaron Brooks got injured early into the 2010-11 season, Lowry earned the starting role. Hayes noticed a change taking place. “He started to be a voice, he started to have a confidence and believe in himself,” said Hayes, who currently plays on the Raptors. “He had a stretch of games where he was outplaying some of the top point guards in the league. At the time, the coach in Houston (Rick Adelman) gave him the green light – ‘Don’t look over your shoulder, just go.’ Once that happened, everything else started to fall into place.” Basketball Insiders

November 10, 2014 Updates

Kyle Lowry is arguably one of the NBA's most underrated players. All the Toronto Raptors point guard does is produce. Yet, the Philadelphia native has never been an NBA all-star. "At the end of the day, I can't worry about what other people do," said Lowry, a ninth-year veteran. "I have to go out there and do my job. If people make all-stars, and I'm winning, I'm happy with that. I'm not caring about anything but winning. "Individual accolades come when you win as a team. That's how I look at everything." Philadelphia Inquirer

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Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri watched intently as the telling sequence of events unfolded. Lowry made a great pass to Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas then bobbled the ball. "Kyle just turned away. Last year it would be different. There would be (anger)," Ujiri said Saturday on the eve of Toronto's pre-season opener in Vancouver. "And then he turned right back and went to Jonas and gave him two high fives and tapped him. "It was gone, on to the next (thing). It shows growth... And it was a crucial time of the scrimmage." TSN

September 25, 2014 Updates

Lowry and Conley are good friends, but Lowry realized his NBA future would not be in Memphis. Their respective positions in the draft sealed Lowry’s fate. “No matter what you do, you’re twenty-four,” Lowry explained. “He’s four.” In early 2009, Lionel Hollins was named the team’s head coach and Lowry was told that the team would devote the starter’s minutes to Conley. Lowry was unhappy with his role, and some in the organization considered him a bad influence on the roster, a description that still upsets him. “Lionel didn’t say shit to me,” Lowry said. “It was crazy. I’m twenty-two, twenty-three years old. How am I a bad influence on guys who are older? I just wanted to play basketball … I’m not trying to be on somebody’s bad side. But I think Lionel just needed a scapegoat and I was the young guy and I had a little bit of an attitude. Who wouldn’t have an attitude who’s trying to play? You’re not even giving me a chance to play.” Grantland

September 24, 2014 Updates

Lowry was, quite frankly, surly when he first arrived and we were in Halifax for training camp. He would barely co-operate if we wanted to talk, it was one-sentence answers and he was done; there was no way he would engage you in conversation. I remember one day early in Lowry’s first year, trying to get a grasp on his personality and I was asking Alvin Williams about him, figuring that another Philly-Villanova guy might be able to help. The description I recall getting were “stubborn, lacks trust, immature, too strong willed” and there really were times when I figured Lowry would be gone and that it might not be worth the effort to draw him out. Toronto Star

It was, as we wrote last year, a combination of the basic maturation process of a young man, the birth of a child and the feeling of family, a like-minded group of teammates and a supportive coaching staff have turned him into an engaging, grownup man who is just exponentially more comfortable with himself and his place here. Toronto Star

September 23, 2014 Updates

But that disappointing end came in a season when many saw significant growth from Lowry on and off the court. “In one year, I think he grew up,” said Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri. Lowry always predicted he’d be a team’s star, while few others did. “I’ve always been second fiddle, man, to everything,” he said. “Everything. But I never believed that I was lesser than this person, that person, anybody. I always thought I was on the same level.” Grantland

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