Kyle Lowry is as excited as any player on the Toronto Raptors about making the playoffs this season. In a contract year with a new general manager to impress, things could not have turned out better for him and if the playoffs go well, it could get even more lucrative for the 27-year-old financially. However, before the start of game one against the Nets, it was a very relaxed and happy Lowry joking around with the media.
Lowry had brought his young son Karter to the game. He has found his solace and his maturity as a family man.
“Me personally, I’ve been low key, I haven’t left the house,” Lowry explained when asked about the brouhaha leading up to the Raptors first date with the playoffs in years.
“It’s cool man. It puts everything in perspective. We are going to play a game. We are going to play a basketball game and we are going to have fun with it. It is an important game. It is on another level, but at the end of the day it’s a game and it is going to be fun.”
Taped over his locker in the dressing room was the typical picture a little kid would draw for his Daddy and it was obvious that drawing brought a lot of pride and joy to Lowry.
“He will be here in the back playing,” Lowry said. “He didn’t come to watch the game. Hi Dad, I’m going to the back. It’s cool, I have enough family in town to cover for it.”
There has been a lot of speculation about Lowry’s career year in Toronto. Concerns have been raised about performances witnessed immediately before a new contract is to be negotiated. However, Lowry’s demeanor and view on life should put those worries to rest. Young men can grow up a lot as a Dad.
“It puts things in perspective when you have kids,” Lowry said. “You are not living for yourself anymore. You are living for that little human being that you walk around with, that follows you, that watches your every move. It just definitely makes you put things in perspective in life in general.”
Lowry has played with an unflappable inner strength all season. At this point, it might be safe to say the source of the strength is his family.