‘Great to come home’: Ex-Raptors star Lowry says returning to Toronto will always be emotional


Kyle Lowry says coming “residence” to Toronto will always be powerful.

The former Raptors guard talked in regards to the emotional roller-coaster of returning to metropolis he known as residence for 9 years forward of the Miami Heat’s sport Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena.

“Nah… It’s always nice to come residence, always nice to be right here, always nice to be within the metropolis. [But] I do not assume it will get any simpler,” Lowry stated, after Miami’s morning shootaround. “I believe you get just a little bit extra snug.

“Last 12 months was undoubtedly lots of butterflies.”

Lowry turned the cornerstone of the Raptors’ franchise by way of his 9 seasons in Toronto, instilling a scrappy, workmanlike mentality the workforce rode to the 2019 NBA championship. He was traded to Miami — a mutual choice between he and Toronto — within the 2021 low season.

Lowry’s first time again in Toronto — a 114-109 Heat victory on April 23 — included an extended pre-game celebration and ovation from the gang.

“Tonight, I’m certain I’ll get an excellent ovation but it surely’s just a little bit completely different as a result of it is not my first time,” he stated Wednesday.

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A video of Lowry’s Raptors profession highlights was proven earlier than followers showered him with love in Toronto.

The 36-year-old, who raised his sons Karter and Kameron in Toronto, was greeted by the town’s first snowfall of the season on Tuesday night. He was bundled up in a cumbersome Canada Goose parka after shootaround.

The Raptors break up a pair of video games in Miami in late October, so Lowry had already had the chance to go to with Toronto gamers and employees then. Wednesday was about visiting all people else at Scotiabank Arena.

“When I come again right here, having the ability to see the elevator employees, safety guys and the acquainted faces who do not journey,” Lowry stated. “That’s a very powerful factor. And then seeing the followers that you just usually see after I performed right here. Those are the folks I’m trying ahead to seeing.”

Lowry arrives on the heels of hitting 2,000 profession three-pointers. He’s the twelfth participant in NBA historical past to make that many, hitting the milestone shot in a 113-112 comeback win over Phoenix on Monday.

“Yeah, lots of [threes],” he stated. “I by no means thought I’d be there however I’m right here now. It’s an important accomplishment however like I always say, I’ll have a look at my accomplishments when I’m completed and retired. It’s cool to get some acknowledgement however, for now, let’s go and check out to get some extra wins.”

Still watches the Raptors

Lowry nonetheless watches lots of Raptors video games.

“My guys are nonetheless on this workforce,” he stated. “I assist my guys. Freddy [VanVleet], O.G. [Anunoby], Pascal [Siakam] — I actually assist these guys. I identical to to watch how they’ve matured and turn out to be higher particular person basketball gamers and males.”

He had form phrases for Anunoby and final season’s rookie of the 12 months Scottie Barnes.

“[Anunoby] has been probably the greatest defenders within the league since he is been within the league,” Lowry stated. “I believe he is simply now taking extra pleasure in doing it extra as a result of he is getting the eye, which he ought to have been getting.”

Lowry was requested if Barnes has what it takes to comply with in his footsteps as Toronto’s franchise participant.

“I believe he is going to create his personal footsteps, and that is a very powerful factor for a man like him. Freddy, Pascal, these guys are creating their very own footsteps, O.G. — they’re creating their very own path,” he stated. “For a man like me who’s been there so lengthy and seen it, I’m simply completely satisfied for them to be ready to create their very own path, create their very own legacy, create their very own all the things.”

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Kyle Lowry leaves lasting legacy on Toronto Raptors, followers

NBA participant Kyle Lowry has signed with the Miami Heat, leaving the Toronto Raptors after 9 seasons. He was a dominant drive for the Raptors through the years, turning into the franchise’s all-time chief in three-point area objectives, assists, steals and triple-doubles.

The Raptors started the day in sixth place within the Eastern Conference, 4 spots however solely half a sport forward of the Heat. Miami staggered out to a sluggish begin however arrived in Toronto on a three-game win streak.

“It’s a marathon and never a dash,” Lowry stated. “Early within the 12 months we have been attempting to work out our workforce. Right now, sadly, we have accidents in order that forces everybody to step up just a little bit extra… 14 video games in, should you’re involved about your particular person stats and your sport proper now, you should not be.

“As a veteran participant, my factor is everybody is available in from {the summertime} and you have got to get again snug with one another as group and we have to work out completely different lineups, completely different groups.”

Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo have been listed out with accidents in opposition to Toronto, whereas the Raptors are with out Siakam (groin), Precious Achiuwa (ankle), and Otto Porter Jr. (dislocated toe).

VanVleet (non-COVID sickness) and Gary Trent Jr. (hip soreness) have been questionable for Wednesday.


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