Raptors guard Kyle Lowry raring to go

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry speaks to the media at the Canada Games Center in Halifax, N.S., Sept. 2,...

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry speaks to the media at the Canada Games Center in Halifax, N.S., Sept. 2, 2012. (MARK GOUDGE/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

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TORONTO - Most people can’t wait to take two weeks or so off of work.

Kyle Lowry hated every minute of his “holiday.”

Sidelined since straining his adductor muscle in Halifax at the beginning of the month, Toronto’s new point guard grudgingly accepted his fate.

Eventually.

At first, the ultra-competitive Philadelphia native tried to convince the team to put him back into drills and scrimmages.

Now, Lowry admits he “had to get healthy.” But he’s still not a fan of sitting on the sidelines.

“It’s frustrating, I wanted to be out there with my teammates, but I’m back now, so, hey. I feel fine,” Lowry said on Monday.

Head coach Dwane Casey said he didn’t foresee any setbacks that would prevent Lowry from making his debut with the club on Wednesday at the ACC against Washington.

The team’s other starting-calibre point guard, Jose Calderon, went through a full practice after sitting out Sunday’s workouts due to a hamstring injury. However, Casey talked down the importance of the pre-season and made it seem that Calderon — much like Lowry — will be given whatever time he needs to be ready for the regular season.

Lowry, by all accounts, was in great shape and was excelling in pre-training camp scrimmages before getting hurt and will try to get himself back to that level.

“I’m going to be rusty, but I’ll try to pick up where I left off earlier in training camp,” Lowry said, adding that he did pick up some valuable information while sidelined that he will be able to pass along to the other Raptors.

And he hasn’t been shy about sharing his thoughts.

“He’s a more demanding-type personality with his teammates, with himself, whereas Jose will just go up to a guy (and offer quiet advice),” Casey said.

“There’s different types of parents. Some people use the stick and belt and whip, some people give you timeouts. I think Kyle is the one with the belt. You’ve got to have both.”

Speaking of those fellow Raptors, Lowry quickly named a trio he is excited to mesh with.

“I’m looking forward to running the pick and roll with both of those guys, (Jonas Valanciunas) and Andrea (Bargnani), because they both do special things — one’s a shooter, one’s a great roller so it’s going to be fun out there getting some layups and getting some easy, open shots,” he said.

While a willing passer, Lowry’s style is far more aggressive than Calderon’s. He looks to attack, either going to the rim or finding open teammates spotting up to fire away from deep.

“He creates a problem just with his speed and strength and quickness which is a different type of pick-and-roll attack,” Casey said, noting that Calderon’s style is “a little conservative when he comes off reading (defences).”

“Jose creates (offence from players coming off (pick-and-rolls) thinking shot or is he going to kick it back to the roll guy, whereas, if you don’t stop Kyle, he’s going to the basket.”

Lowry also said playing with backcourt-mate DeMar DeRozan will be easy.

“I’m going to acclimate myself to him. He’s a great athlete, he’s a great player, a great individual scorer,” Lowry said.

“It’s not hard to play with a guy like that. He can get his own shots and he can make shots.”

For his part, DeRozan doesn’t think it is fair to label Lowry as a “shoot-first” type of point guard.

“He’s more of an attacking guard. He reads the offence a lot, if he’s got a shot, he’ll take it, but he likes getting everyone else going at the same time so (it) should be interesting,” said DeRozan, who has led the team in scoring in each of its three pre-season contests in 2012 after failing to do so even once in previous exhibition outings.

Casey said DeRozan also will be utilized in the pick-and-roll more than in the past, but this time as the ball-handler looking to find good shots for players like John Lucas III, Calderon, Terrence Ross, or Lowry, who has shot 37.5% from three-point range over the past two seasons.


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