When asked about the Demar DeRozan trade on Friday, no matter how reporters tried to pose questions, Lowry tailored his answers the exact same way.
“It’s been a great week for USA Basketball for me,” he said. “Being out here with these guys and hanging out and getting to talk and hang out with these guys and hanging out with DeMar and all those guys, it’s been fun.
“Summer has been great in general for everyone. Just to have the opportunity to relax and work on your game and prepare for the upcoming season.”
DeRozan and Lowry are very close friends on the court and off, and neither was happy to see the trade.
Kyle Lowry's answer for any question about DeMar's trade: It's been a great week for USA Basketball pic.twitter.com/lNrB9C6UfU
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DeRozan said he was confident his former teammate Lowry would be just fine without him thanks to his basketball IQ
“His knowledge of the game, just his IQ of the game, it stands out, bar none,” DeRozan said. “Just talking about basketball, understanding basketball, reading basketball. It’s great to see that.”
DeRozan said both players understand the league is about business.
“Kyle is Kyle, at the end of the day this is our profession,” DeRozan said. “We understand what comes with the job. It’s gonna be simple, we all gotta job and got responsibilities to take care of with our home team. What happened, happened. He gotta do what he gotta do for his team and I go to do what I got to do for mine.”
Can’t blame Lowry for not wanting to get into the whole blindside trade. He too was most likely blindsided. Both these guys will be fine without each other. It wasn’t exactly Pippen and Jordan we’re talking about.
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