Lowry: I couldn't choose a better team or teammates
Old 04-14-2014, 09:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Toronto Raptors’ unexpected success owed in large part to Kyle Lowry’s magnificent season


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的f there are 32 [seconds remaining] and I知 over halfcourt, then I知 going to do it. Usually if there are 35 or more, I think I can do it, Lowry says, describing his frequent strategy, called the 奏wo-for-one in basketball jargon. 徹nce [the clock] gets to 28, 29, you kind of back off it a little bit.的 learned it from watching Chauncey Billups. When you go back and watch him, he always took the 奏wo-for-one three. It痴 one of those things that when you池e confident in your game and it痴 a shot that you致e worked on, you take it. It痴 better to try get a quick three off of it than something bad happening if you try to drive the lane. That痴 my thinking. I think I知 going to make it every time.
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Many outsiders have noted that Lowry, identified as a problematic influence on his teammates by so many coaches and reporters, is at the end of his contract and looking for a fatter new one after the season. Lowry is keenly aware of context, so it is tough to deny that it has played a part in his lighter touch with the coaching staff and media this season. However, beware of the too-simple explanation.

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"I said it last year when I did my [introductory] press conference: I wanted to get this team to the playoffs. I did that. We won the division while we were at it, Lowry said. 展e池e going to the playoffs. I got better while helping my team. It痴 not about the individual. It痴 about the team goals and the team concepts.

This year I don稚 know the word I知 looking for. We have the representation of a full team.箔I致e never had a perfect picture [in my head] of the team I want to be on. You can稚 do that. I couldn稚 choose a better team and the teammates than what I致e got here.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I hope Masai and Lowry can come to a common agreement this summer. Maybe Lowry would give us a discount to help the team progress?
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Tear in my eyes

I hope Masai and Lowry can come to a common agreement this summer. Maybe Lowry would give us a discount to help the team progress?
Yeah right, Lowry's agent is licking his lips because he's gotta get paid too.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah right, Lowry's agent is licking his lips because he's gotta get paid too.
Match made in heaven then.

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的致e never had a perfect picture [in my head] of the team I want to be on. You can稚 do that. I couldn稚 choose a better team and the teammates than what I致e got here.
This is the best part of it.

Nice to know his two fer strategy because sometimes I wondered why he chucks up the 3 himself.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Kyle does the two for one at least once a game lol, I wonder what his percentage for those are cause he always seems to make them
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Kyle does the two for one at least once a game lol, I wonder what his percentage for those are cause he always seems to make them
well he's arguably the best, if not second best 3 pt shooter on the team, even with them, so I don't mind it if he does take them.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Kyle does the two for one at least once a game lol, I wonder what his percentage for those are cause he always seems to make them
Actually he has made few lately, but earlier he almost never made them. I remember asking what the idea is at somepoint when he had missed several of those in row.
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He's been great in this contract year and I want him back as long as he's paid fairly and not over his worth(anything more than 10+ on average per year).

I'm in the minority of thinking though that if he leaves the Raptors won't be totally doomed. I've liked what Vasquez has done as a starter and obviously he won't replace/duplicate what Lowry has but he would come a lot cheaper for a PG who would be effective enough to get this team back to the playoffs next season. Also,there is a lot of young PG prospects in the up coming draft and I believe the Raps could be in position to draft one of Smart,Ennis or Napier(assuming Exum is the first one selected),based on the selecting teams(ahead of Toronto)needs.
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Smart will be long gone once the raps draft their man.
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Smart will be long gone once the raps draft their man.
More than likely but there are some alternatives. Raptors could trade up.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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More than likely but there are some alternatives. Raptors could trade up.
Smart is probably going to be top 5-7. To trade up to get him would be near impossible and a waste of time.
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Smart is probably going to be top 5-7. To trade up to get him would be near impossible and a waste of time.
After his par season and off court concerns,do you think that's enough to keep him out of the top 10,if he doesn't have impressive pre draft workouts? In that scenario is where I could see him being available for the Raps if they were to trade up.
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Lowry has been sensational though and you can't put a price tag on his leadership.
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After his par season and off court concerns,do you think that's enough to keep him out of the top 10,if he doesn't have impressive pre draft workouts? In that scenario is where I could see him being available for the Raps if they were to trade up.
Idk it's a stretch. I highly doubt he drops out of the top 10. Orlando for example if could take him or Exum and become near beastly in the future.

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Lowry has been sensational though and you can't put a price tag on his leadership.
Of course. Best player on the squad. Godly #s this year.
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I think it's key that we keep Vasquez, or a solid backup PG to ensure that Lowry isn't playing crazy minutes every game of the entire season, and also to keep him off of the ball for parts of the game so he's not consistently handling the ball and wearing himself out game to game. I think that's been huge in keeping Lowry healthy this year, plus I haven't seen Lowry trying to get as many rebounds versus big guys in tight quarters this year, which has limited his ankle injuries.
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Yeah - with Vasquez, as much as letting lowry sit is good, being able to play with him and let him play off the ball is huge.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:29 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I have a feeling Vasquez wants to be a starter. I am not sure if he sees himself as backup in the future.
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