Raptors' Kyle Lowry a changed man, but will he stay in T.O.?

Raptors' Kyle Lowry celebrates after a late 3 pointer against the Grizzlies in Toronto on Friday,...

Raptors' Kyle Lowry celebrates after a late 3 pointer against the Grizzlies in Toronto on Friday, March 14, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

TORONTO - The first meeting came last summer in Philadelphia.

It wasn’t the last meeting.

Masai Ujiri was pretty clear with Kyle Lowry: As an NBA rival before coming to Toronto, he had come to appreciate Lowry’s talents, but like most people who watched him, he had questions.

“Sometimes you’d see his body language,” said Ujiri, the Raptors’ first-year general manager. “And I’d think, ‘Why is he like that?’

“You would hear the stuff about him, about the coaches he doesn’t get along with and that kind of thing. So I flew to Philly and went to see him. We had lunch. I told him what I expected. I was going to give him a platform, a chance. That’s kind of how it all started with him.”

Then they met a few more times in the pre-season. Same conversation.

“Same thing,” said Ujiri. “There were a couple of things that happened where we had to have some serious conversations. I had to be a little bit hard on him. But since then, it’s been good.”


Photos