Tim Hardaway: "Kyle Lowry looks fat but..."



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Tim Hardaway: "Kyle Lowry looks fat but..."

Tim Hardaway, in an interview with the Sun-Sentinel, saved the weight of Kyle Lowry. A topic that has accompanied the NBA player throughout his career. Despite discussions about Lowry's weight, the NBA player is one of the best.

Hardaway told: "I want you to make it clear: Kyle Lowry isn't fat and he's not overweight. It's that he wears football caps under his shirt that makes him look bigger than he is. But he's much thinner than that.

that is believed. I've been saying this around forever but no one believes me, saying No he's overweight. But he's not. He just needs to stay healthy to be fit." Pat Riley added: "In the end, what matters to me to bring out the best in a player is that he is in world form.

There is no other way." Hardaway, however, knows what it means to play for the Heat under Riley, given that in his contract he had inserted a clause to keep his weight under control in his years as a player.

Lowry's last year career

On July 11, 2012, he is traded with the Toronto Raptors.

In the first season with the rebuilding team, he doesn't hit the playoffs. In the offseason he is hired as general manager Masai Ujiri who believes in Lowry's potential and in the first meetings, spurs him to change mentality and way of playing, also receiving advice from mentoring former player Chauncey Billups.

The start of the 2013-2014 season, he starts with a 6-12, until team scorer Rudy Gay is exchanged. Following the swap, promised star DeMar DeRozan and Lowry decide not to step on each other's toes for a leading role, but to jointly take over the reins of the team.

Quickly the Raptors become one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, thanks to Lowry's play and his leadership. The regular season ends with a good 3rd place in the Conference and 1st in the Atlantic Division for the second time in the franchise's history.

In the Playoffs, they were eliminated by the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7, after a shot to win Lowry's game blocked by Paul Pierce. Despite the bitter end of the season, for Lowry it is the best season played with 17.9 points, 7.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds during the regular season and 21.1 points, 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds during the play-offs.

Plus this season he was the team's top 3 scorer with 190 triples. The following season (2014-2015) resumes like the previous one, with Kyle confirming himself as the key player, thanks to a series of triple doubles (4), beating the franchise record previously owned by Damon Stoudamire with 3.

He is named player of the month. December of the Eastern Conference, becoming the second Raptors player to receive this accolade after Chris Bosh. He is first Nominated as an All-Star and is announced as the Eastern Conference First Five Starter player for the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, and also participates in the skill Challenge.

The regular season ends with the franchise record of 49-33, finishing 4th in the Conference and 1st in the division. In the Playoffs, they went out in the first round, being beaten by the Washington Wizards 4-0. The 2015-16 season sees him in great shape, but he misses 18 games with a wrist injury.

In the Playoffs, the Raptors manage to reach the conference finals, in which Lowry averages 20.2 points per game, but fails to avoid the elimination of the team for the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2. At the end of the playoffs, he turns down $ 12 million in player options for the 2017-18 season, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

In July he re-signs for Toronto with a 3-year contract for $ 100 million. In November he surpassed Andrea Bargnani's 6,581 points, becoming the 4th scorer ever for the Raptors after scoring 19 points in the 95-94 defeat against the Boston Celtics.

In February he exceeds 11,000 career points. In the Playoffs the Raptors are again beaten in the semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers with 4-0. On August 6, 2021, he moved to the Miami Heat in exchange for Goran Dragić and Precious Achiuwa.