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Old 07-23-2012, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lowry, Casey Click in Toronto: It didn’t take long for Kyle Lowry and Dwane Casey to start preparing for next season. During the Las Vegas Summer League, Lowry and Casey were sitting courtside, going over plays and breaking down the team’s personnel. The Toronto Raptors’ point guard and head coach have known each other for several years, and they’re looking forward to working together this season.

The Raptors acquired Lowry from the Houston Rockets earlier this month in exchange for Gary Forbes and a protected future first-round pick. Casey, who is a defensive-minded coach, couldn’t have been happier with the move. The 26-year-old point guard is known for his tenacious defense and he’s coming off a career-year that saw him average 14.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Casey believes that Lowry will fit right in with the Raptors.

“I was excited,” Casey said. “Kyle represents everything that I’ve been preaching and he fits the culture that we’ve started in Toronto. I was excited and happy. He’s a young man who exemplifies our style of play with his toughness and grittiness. He has made himself into an excellent NBA player and he’s ready to take the next step and reach that next level. I feel he’s one of the elite point guards in the league.”

“I just have to prove it and show that he’s right,” Lowry said in response to Casey’s praise. “That’s my goal. My goal is to make our team better and do the best I can possibly do. I want to push us to the limit and make the playoffs this year.”

Lowry’s transition should be smooth, especially since Casey is already starting to bring him up to speed.

“It won’t take long,” Lowry said of acclimating to his new team. “He’s a great coach and he’s going to make sure I get it and make sure we all get it. I’m the leader of the team and I’m just going to be out there doing what I do. It’s not going to take me long at all. We talked about some sets already and they’re not too difficult. You just have to go out there and executive them.”

Casey is already getting excited about how Lowry will change Toronto’s defensive approach.

“It’s a great plus for us,” Casey said. “Now, we don’t have to commit a second big in our pick-and-roll coverage and we can have more one-on-one coverage. I can say, ‘Kyle, you guard your guy. Landry (Fields), you guard your guy.’ We have a lot of guys who can stay home and who don’t need quick help. That’s a huge plus. His leadership is going to be huge for us too, setting the tone for everybody else.”

During his stint with the Houston Rockets, Lowry didn’t get along with head coach Kevin McHale. The two men butted heads, culminating in Lowry publically criticizing McHale and essentially calling for him to be fired. In Toronto, Lowry won’t have similar issues since he and Casey are on the same page and have a strong relationship.

“I trust Kyle,” Casey said. “Not to say that I don’t trust Jose (Calderon), but I’ve known Kyle longer so there’s a tremendous amount of trust and respect that goes both ways. That’s huge, that line of communication. I want to have that connection with my point guards and it’s there. That’s something that goes a long way in a relationship.”

“Is it going to be hunky-dory all the time? No. We’ll agree to disagree a lot,” Casey said with a smile.

“And he’s probably going to win most of the time,” Lowry said with a laugh.

“At the end of the day,” Casey said, “it’s about winning, doing whatever we can to help our team win.”

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This part excites me more than anything else when I think about this coming season....

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“It’s a great plus for us,” Casey said. “Now, we don’t have to commit a second big in our pick-and-roll coverage and we can have more one-on-one coverage. I can say, ‘Kyle, you guard your guy. Landry (Fields), you guard your guy.’ We have a lot of guys who can stay home and who don’t need quick help. That’s a huge plus. His leadership is going to be huge for us too, setting the tone for everybody else.”
Interesting to note how Lowry said "I'm the leader of this team".... wonder how Bargs feels about that? Probably relieved hahaha....
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“I trust Kyle,” Casey said. “Not to say that I don’t trust Jose (Calderon), but I’ve known Kyle longer so there’s a tremendous amount of trust and respect that goes both ways. That’s huge, that line of communication. I want to have that connection with my point guards and it’s there. That’s something that goes a long way in a relationship.”


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This part excites me more than anything else when I think about this coming season....



Interesting to note how Lowry said "I'm the leader of this team".... wonder how Bargs feels about that? Probably relieved hahaha....
Reminds me of why Bosh nestled up to Lebron and Wade!



A good story, and I like the fact that we won't have to help out the perimeter guys so much as well anymore. It was asking too much from our bigs to have to make up for endless penetration.
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What's with Lowry self proclaimed leader of the team bs. I can see internal rumblings already in the works. Players beware if you don't kiss Lowrys ass he will run to management and tell them to trade you...or coaches to be fired. What a piece of work this Lowry will turn out to be.
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What's with Lowry self proclaimed leader of the team bs. I can see internal rumblings already in the works. Players beware if you don't kiss Lowrys ass he will run to management and tell them to trade you...or coaches to be fired. What a piece of work this Lowry will turn out to be.
Try to be a bit level-headed for once in your time here. It's not really entertaining, cute, or clever.

I generally like the idea of the PG as the leader and floor general. I think Lowry could be very capable.

Maybe problems will come up, maybe they won't. Who knows?
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This part excites me more than anything else when I think about this coming season....

Interesting to note how Lowry said "I'm the leader of this team".... wonder how Bargs feels about that? Probably relieved hahaha....
Not sure if anyone agrees with my opinion, but I think Kyle Lowry would be a better leader than Bargnani.

Yes, Bargnani is the best scoring player of this team and still will be the 4th quarter go-to-guy, but he doesn't possess any "CHARISMA" to lead the team members. IMO, a leader should be someone who can bring hype to the team and take care of other teammates, which I have never seen from Bargnani ever since he made his debut.

I wonder if that's because Barg can't speak good English to lead other teammates, but I have not seen Barg taking a good care of his teammates.
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“I trust Kyle,” Casey said. ,
I can hear a few brains imploding.
Casey don't kiss Lowrys butt. If Lowry does not gett his way he will do the same thing he did in Houston.

Houston we a problem !!!!!!!!!!

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What's with Lowry self proclaimed leader of the team bs. I can see internal rumblings already in the works. Players beware if you don't kiss Lowrys ass he will run to management and tell them to trade you...or coaches to be fired. What a piece of work this Lowry will turn out to be.
Knew brains would implode and you would be first to step up.
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Not sure if anyone agrees with my opinion, but I think Kyle Lowry would be a better leader than Bargnani.

Yes, Bargnani is the best scoring player of this team and still will be the 4th quarter go-to-guy, but he doesn't possess any "CHARISMA" to lead the team members. IMO, a leader should be someone who can bring hype to the team and take care of other teammates, which I have never seen from Bargnani ever since he made his debut.

I wonder if that's because Barg can't speak good English to lead other teammates, but I have not seen Barg taking a good care of his teammates.
Thats what Jose did....he took care and stood up to all ! Lowry could not lead on his old team.....what is it with these punks walking in to a new team like they own it without proving or earning squat ! Great character pick up BC !
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Not sure if anyone agrees with my opinion, but I think Kyle Lowry would be a better leader than Bargnani.

Yes, Bargnani is the best scoring player of this team and still will be the 4th quarter go-to-guy, but he doesn't possess any "CHARISMA" to lead the team members. IMO, a leader should be someone who can bring hype to the team and take care of other teammates, which I have never seen from Bargnani ever since he made his debut.

I wonder if that's because Barg can't speak good English to lead other teammates, but I have not seen Barg taking a good care of his teammates.
Just not in his nature to be a leader. Lowry has the nature.
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Knew brains would implode and you would be first to step up.
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Sorry Snark...i have the facts to support my point....could it be that your brains if you have any are the ones ready to implode !

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Just not in his nature to be a leader. Lowry has the nature.
Lowry has the nature to be a back stabber.....to commit treason.....putting himself first over the team !

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Sorry Snark...i have the facts to support my point....could it be that your brains if you have any are the ones ready to implode !

Please stop doing so much too prove my point.
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Sorry. It's just that he's so entertaining and predictable.
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We a problem alright.
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Sorry Snark........facts support my point and dis credit yours. I have been on this forum right from the start going back to the old message board. I will not waver on what i believe....Lowry is not the anwer.....i would have supported Nash.....Lowry could be a cancer on this team. Don't get wrapped up with him being in Vegas right now....Jack was there Bayless was there and now Lowry was there.

Nash is all team
Calderon is all team
Lowry is all about himself...if he does not get his way he pulls his gun out and starts firing ! Is Casey rehabing him in Vegas ?

Houston we have a problem ! Thanks Jeff

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Sorry Snark........facts support my point and dis credit yours. I have been on this forum right from the start going back to the old message board. I will not waver on what i believe....Lowry is not the anwer.....i would have supported Nash.....Lowry could be a cancer on this team. Don't get wrapped up with him being in Vegas right now....Jack was there Bayless was there and now Lowry was there.

Nash is all team
Calderon is all team
Lowry is all about himself...if he does not get his way he pulls his gun out and starts firing ! Is Casey rehabing him in Vegas ?

Houston we have a problem ! Thanks Jeff
No point in me trying to insult you. You do a far better job than I could ever hope for.
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