Kyle Lowry, the art of drawing offensive fouls
Old 05-01-2014, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Have you ever been driving on the highway and thought you had an open lane to get to your destination faster, only to see your decision fail because of a traffic jam?

On the basketball court, that jam is Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry.

For players who believe they've set the best screen or for those looking to seize a wide-open lane to the basket, Lowry is usually the one putting a stop to those potential opportunities. That was the case twice in Game 1 against the Brooklyn Nets—first, when Lowry drew a charge on Mason Plumlee in the first quarter.
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In addition, Lowry was second this season in charges taken with 36, right behind Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (39). With Lowry leading the way defensively on the perimeter for the Raptors this season, the team improved to 10th in defensive rating, compared to 20th in 2012-13.

"He's tough as nails mentally and physically," an NBA scout said. "Lowry is strong, has great lateral movement and fearless—great assets for a great defender. He doesn't back down from anyone and loves a challenge."

Lowry's defensive accomplishments this season have contributed to him being one of the most attractive free agents looking ahead to the summer. Lowry is hoping to get a four-year deal with a starting rate of $12 million as a free agent, according to one source. Returning to the Raptors is a suitable option for Lowry because they offer a great fit and supporting cast, and they have his Bird rights. Toronto fans adore the 28-year-old, including the team's TV color commentator, Jack Armstrong.

"(Lowry is) just off the charts," he said during a recent broadcast. "He's in every play because he just competes."

So how has Lowry become one of the game's best defensive point guards? To get an inside look at how he's developed his unique skill, Bleacher Report spoke with Lowry and several people who have assisted and observed him as he's become a top defender in the league.



Defensive Development

Lowry has always been "tough, relentless and gritty," as he defines his defense. That was the main reason that the Memphis Grizzlies selected him with the 24th pick in the 2006 NBA draft. But his hard-nosed mentality was also somewhat of a hindrance in his first few years in the league, as he struggled to make his mark.
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"If you ask him, he'll admit that his stubbornness and his toughness was negative," his longtime trainer Joe Abunassar said. "Now he's more open and doesn't argue about everything."

After several injuries slowed him down in 2012-13—a sports hernia that required surgery in May 2012, and then a strained abductor and lower-back issues during the season—he was thinking big entering last summer. As Abunassar put it, "He wanted to be an All-Star this year. Kyle made the commitment to take it to another level—his attention to detail."

That included starting his first ever all-summer-long cardio plan to keep his weight down—and studying game film a lot more closely than he had in previous years.

"I really wanted to get to the playoffs," Lowry said. "I really wanted to do everything I could possibly do to get to this point, and prove the right choices were made by trading for me and keeping me, and not trading me back somewhere else. I had an off year last year and I wanted to prove that it was just one little hiccup in the road; it wasn't who I was."

The NBA scout has also noticed Lowry's maturation. Think advanced knowledge mixed in with an already natural defensive instinct—that paints a scary picture.

"In order for a guy to defend that well, he has to study his opponents. Every night in this league, guards have their work cut out for them," the scout said. "He's really worked on his game, he's in much better condition and plays with a chip on his shoulder."

Lowry has also continued his upward track on the defensive end by working with NBA veteran Chauncey Billups, who has a similar build to Lowry, and former player Tyronn Lue, who's now the defensive assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Those are the kind of guys that Kyle surrounds himself with in the offseason, which helps him out a lot," Abunassar said.
Raptors Guard Kyle Lowry's Specialty: The Art of Drawing Offensive Fouls | Bleacher Report
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the one thing that stood out for me was the "starting at 12M", that's looking more and more like a min. bid for lowry this summer. Kind of sucks for us in a way.
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the one thing that stood out for me was the "starting at 12M", that's looking more and more like a min. bid for lowry this summer. Kind of sucks for us in a way.
Thankfully the cap appears to be jumping up quite fast, so it is less of an issue than I had thought earlier in the year. Still, lower the better.
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I would have no problem giving him 12mil per year. Without him we would have lost last nights game. Hell, give him the keys to Toronto
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12 mil is okay at this point seeing how he is the mvp of the team and is tearing it up but hopefully no more than that
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Thankfully the cap appears to be jumping up quite fast, so it is less of an issue than I had thought earlier in the year. Still, lower the better.
yeah, unfortunately the jump happens at the worst possible time as well - a lot of teams will have a lot of money to spend this summer. I think we will see some insane contracts awarded, especially if a lot of FAs stay with their current teams.
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12 mil is okay at this point seeing how he is the mvp of the team and is tearing it up but hopefully no more than that
if he posts a game or two like the last one in a potential miami series, I can honestly see him getting a 15-16M offer, which is basically max for some younger players (although not max based on what lowry could earn).
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if he posts a game or two like the last one in a potential miami series, I can honestly see him getting a 15-16M offer, which is basically max for some younger players (although not max based on what lowry could earn).
Who's going to offer him that? How many teams have that kind of cap space AND are in need of a starting PG?
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if he posts a game or two like the last one in a potential miami series, I can honestly see him getting a 15-16M offer, which is basically max for some younger players (although not max based on what lowry could earn).
Yeah, I doubt it. PG market is pretty saturated.
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Yeah, I doubt it. PG market is pretty saturated.
The only team that I think may offer him bigger money (12-15mil?) would be LAL, they have a shit load of money. Beyond that, I have to say I don't see anyone offering him that kind of dough. Orlando could be players, but I can't see them offering him more than 10-12mil.

Today Kyle said "this is the best time I've had in my career". I would have to think that Lowry relishes his role here, sees the fanbase and the passion MU has and the hunger for winning in this market and as long as Ujiri offers him 11-12mil he re-signs. I also have to think discussions have been had and MU has a good grasp on what it'll take and on knows the PG market this summer.
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Who's going to offer him that? How many teams have that kind of cap space AND are in need of a starting PG?
that idiot GM
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Which one is that, you'll have to be more specific. lol
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I can see him getting $15+ per year if Raps get into the next round.

His arguments is simple. He's taking DWill to school.
Comparing their play vs. each other in this series, that alone would give Lowry leverage.
Yes, there's the I love this team and I love being here, but the guy has to get paid too.
Perhaps he'll give the team a bit of a discount, but $15M would be a deal at this stage considering his performance.
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I'd rather let him walk if he was asking 15 mil
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15M would NOT be a deal. Williams is done. It's like comparing a player to Joe Johnson or Rashard Lewis to see if they are worth the max.
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A lot of teams will be willing to clear cap space to pursue Lowry.

He may be the most pursued FA this summer, even ahead of Melo, because realistically teams don't have a true shot at Lebron or Bosh and Kyle can add so many attributes to a team.
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How many teams believed in him 2 years ago when we picked him up?
How many teams trusted him with the keys to the team by trading away our starting PG for half a decade (calderon) when he was still unproven and hasn't led the team to winning anything?
Which team gave him a chance to prove himself to the world that he's more than just an injury prone backup pg?

If he's loyal he will resign here at a handsome raise (11-13m) but not go cripple the teams salary cap and ask for more.
A good GM with cap space can make magic happen, and we just happen to finally have a good GM.

Don't forget he is only making 6.2m right now, should be ecstatic about doubling your pay cheque
I don't think Kyle is greedy and asks for more

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Lowry has been called like 5 or 6 times in a row for his move where he goes under a screen and pulls the big down on top of him. Getting a reputation for the flopping just like he's getting a reputation for being a vertical beast in transition defense.
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