Kyle Lowry and Masai Ujiri Back on the Same Page, Focused on Winning
Back in December, it was very clear that there was some level of uneasiness between Toronto Raptors’ All-Star Kyle Lowry and team president, Masai Ujiri.
So much so, that you could just feel it when Lowry spoke to Rachel Nichols on The Jump back in December.
“Ah, he’s the president of basketball operations. And that’s it,” Lowry said. “I mean, I come here and I do my job. … He does his job, I do my job. Right? That’s what you do.”
Ujiri, who blindsided the entire NBA when he traded DeMar DeRozan – Lowry’s best friend – to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard, a move that left a very sour taste in the mouth of the 33-year old point guard.
Well, times have changed and it seems like Lowry and Ujiri have patched things up and decided to move on. According to Shams Charania, the two had sat down and spoke back in February to clear the air only days before the trade deadline.
“It was a well-needed conversation,” Lowry told The Athletic. “It was a very professional conversation and it had to be done. We had to get everything on the table. Listen, ‘Let’s have this conversation, let’s get everything out on the table, and move on.’ And that’s what grown men do. They have conversations, they figure it out, and you move on.
“It wasn’t a ‘F— you, f— you.’ It wasn’t me asking, ‘Hell, you want to trade me?’ At the end of the day, he’s going to make the decisions, right? I’m going to play no matter what it is. It was about making myself the best player that I can possibly be and getting on the same page about what he needs from me to be the best player – and vice versa. Just getting on the same page.”
After a very quiet Game 3, Lowry bounced back with a big Game 4 performance, helping the Raptors secure the win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Game 5 is slated to take place tomorrow night at the Scotiabank Arena.