Raptors' Kyle Lowry changed man, deserves to be all-star

Kyle Lowry has been excellent for the Raptors this season. (Getty Images/AFP)

Kyle Lowry has been excellent for the Raptors this season. (Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:51 PM ET

Standing in a high-school gym in Las Vegas awaiting the end of a summer-league Raptors practice, we had our first Kyle Lowry moment of the season.

Lowry walked in with a bunch of his Raptors teammates (pretty much the whole team showed up in Vegas to work out together) and the physical change in him was jaw-dropping.

Gone was the pudgy Lowry, replaced by an ultra-fit version. You could even see the difference in his face. It was that apparent.

It turns out that was just the beginning of the transformation.

Unlike a year previous, Lowry was healthy throughout this past off-season and able to dedicate himself to a training regimen he followed passionately. The year before, he lost two months of his off-season following surgery to correct a sports hernia.

But Lowry has taken his improvements a step further.


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