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February 19, 2015 Updates
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Lowry admits that initially, he didn’t think Toronto was going to be the place where everything came together for him. He had doubts and wasn’t sure if things were going to work out on the Raptors. “Well no, honestly I didn’t think [this is where everything would work out],” Lowry said of Toronto. “But with all the hard work I put in and the commitment they made to me, everything just kind of came into fruition and it worked out.” Basketball Insiders

February 15, 2015 Updates
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Though Bieber’s tweet (and the vast majority of the retweets) did not count and though Raptors global ambassador Drake chose not to endorse Lowry via Twitter, some players were a bit miffed by the process, most notably, Detroit guard Brandon Jennings, who indicated, again via Twitter, that being powered by celebrity endorsements was not an ideal way for players to be selected. “So I guess next year imma have rappers, actors, & etc say vote for me for all star. I mean that’s all it takes,” Jennings tweeted, before later adding he believed Lowry deserved to make the team. Toronto Sun

February 13, 2015 Updates

It turns out that Lowry—who at 6 feet tall is one of the shortest players in the league—hasn’t dunked in a regular-season game since 2008. That stunned him. Lowry was sure he hadn’t dunked since 2006. His face lit up recently when he was told he was wrong. It was as if he had just found a $100 bill on the pavement. Lowry shouted across a noisy gym at practice to teammate Chuck Hayes and then frantically summoned everyone he could see to reminisce about this moment of glory. “Come here!” he yelled. Wall Street Journal

February 7, 2015 Updates
February 5, 2015 Updates

"There is a sense of frustration because we are losing games that we know we are capable of winning," said Lowry, who was coming off a two-point performance in Monday's loss to Milwaukee. "For us, it's a bigger in-game goal for us. We know what we want to be and where we can be and, when we lose games like this, it's always difficult to swallow." "We have to get back to the drawing board and be that team we were the last two weeks," Raptors coach Dwane Casey added. "That just didn’t happen by osmosis, that’s who we are and we’ve got to get back to that. For whatever reason, we’ve lost that work ethic, that fight, that grit, that grime and we’ve got to get that back." TSN

February 3, 2015 Updates

What was that courting process like this summer? 'Cause everybody wants to be courted once, right? Kyle Lowry: Yeah, it's true. But after your one time, you're like 'I don't know if I want to do that again.' I had Houston at the house at 12:15, and they were there, Coach McHale, and then Masai (Ujiri) and them come in. It's cool. But at the same time, it's very stressful, because you've got to put yourself in the position of, okay, how are you going to be successful? It's not peaches and cream like everybody thinks, because it's a life-altering situation. You can go think the grass is greener on the other side, but it's not. NBA.com

Were you surprised Miami didn't do everything possible to get you? I really thought you'd be a priority for them. Kyle Lowry: I don't know. I think, they sent the little pitch through the e-mail -- Me: But if they're trying to get you -- Kyle Lowry: I think they were trying to figure out their own selves, with LeBron. And I don't know if they knew they were going to lose him, but at the same time, I don't know what was their thinking. I'm not them guys. At the end of the day, I was open to any and everybody, and I wanted to listen and be courted. It was cool. They sent their e-mail, they sent their pitch, and that was it. It was one of those things were, okay, it went that way. NBA.com

The Raptors' all-star point guard was asked about his coach's comments. Dwane Casey had referenced the team's lack of energy and focus, what was it like to be out there as a player? "Just had a bad game," Lowry shot back after being held to two points, hitting one of his seven tries in 29 minutes of action on Monday. They had hit 32 per cent of their field goal attempts as a club, how much of those shooting woes were self-inflicted, how much a result of Milwaukee's defensive pressure? "I think we just had a bad game as a team," Lowry responded. Finally, a reporter inquired about the injury that briefly took him out of the game in the first half. "Just overall bad game for us as a team." TSN

Lynch's reluctance to speak to the media goes back years, but his tactics have been in the spotlight during the week leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl. Having received a series of fines for failing to uphold his media responsibilities in the past, the Seahawks star running back has popularized the disengaged scrum as an attempt to circumvent the NFL's policies. TSN

Of all the point guards that have connected at some point in your life as a pro -- Aaron Brooks in Houston, Mike Conley in Memphis, Chauncey Billups as a mentor -- which has had the greatest impact on you for playing the position? Kyle Lowry: I mean, of course, Chaunce. I think that's just someone I kind of tried to mold my game after to a certain extent. And I always said, he always challenged me to be better than he was. And I would always take that as, not a person challenge, but come on, you're my young guy. I'm passing the torch to you. You see what I did; now follow my footsteps and make me proud. To have a guy like that who wants you to follow in his footsteps is pretty cool. NBA.com

February 2, 2015 Updates

David Aldridge: What was that courting process like this summer? 'Cause everybody wants to be courted once, right? Kyle Lowry: Yeah, it's true. But after your one time, you're like 'I don't know if I want to do that again.' I had Houston at the house at 12:15, and they were there, Coach McHale, and then Masai (Ujiri) and them come in. It's cool. But at the same time, it's very stressful, because you've got to put yourself in the position of, okay, how are you going to be successful? It's not peaches and cream like everybody thinks, because it's a life-altering situation. You can go think the grass is greener on the other side, but it's not. NBA.com

David Aldridge: Were you surprised Miami didn't do everything possible to get you? I really thought you'd be a priority for them. Kyle Lowry: I don't know. I think, they sent the little pitch through the e-mail -- David Aldridge: But if they're trying to get you -- Kyle Lowry: I think they were trying to figure out their own selves, with LeBron. And I don't know if they knew they were going to lose him, but at the same time, I don't know what was their thinking. I'm not them guys. At the end of the day, I was open to any and everybody, and I wanted to listen and be courted. It was cool. They sent their e-mail, they sent their pitch, and that was it. It was one of those things were, okay, it went that way. NBA.com

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