The evolution of Raptors' Lowry

Kyle Lowry (left) fights for position against Wizards' A.J. Price. Lowry says that all the losing...

Kyle Lowry (left) fights for position against Wizards' A.J. Price. Lowry says that all the losing the Raptors have done this season has taken a toll on the team. (Reuters)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

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.”


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