Kyle Lowry had many of the same expectations for his new team that Raptors fans had when he arrived.
And now, like them, his optimism has been tempered by a season that didn’t live up to his own or Raptors’ fans expectations.
“All the losing has definitely taken some of the optimism away so the season I expected or anticipated didn’t go the way we all thought it would,” he said following a practice Saturday afternoon. “The optimism though is still there because of the core pieces coming together. I see Jonas (Valanciunas) getting better. I see we traded for Rudy Gay, I see the development of DeMar (DeRozan) and I see the consistent effort from Amir (Johnson) every night.”