When Pascal Siakam was a guest on Adrian Wojnarowski's ESPN podcast, he gushed about the veteran point guard's impact and influence on him a player in his breakout season.
Kawhi Leonard never uses two sentences to answer a question when one will do, but when asked about playing with Lowry, Leonard offered up a full paragraph and called playing with Lowry "a blessing."
VanVleet calls Lowry his 'plug' — the first guy he turns to on questions well beyond basketball. "Finding a chef, buying a house, managing your money, wills and deeds and estates and that stuff,"says VanVleet."... If he doesn't know he knows someone who knows. He's been a great help for me in life in general.
"I put my teammates before myself, that's all."
One of the most touching moments from the NBA's first week of the 2018-19 season came when a video surfaced of Kyle Lowry still doing the pregame handshake he once shared with DeMar DeRozan.
"That's just been working for me for a long time," Lowry said. "He's still my dog. He's my best friend in the world."
When asked how he described Lowry, Derozan said: "He's the very definition of a friend. He has very serious moments, joking moments, and bad mood moments. I don't look at him as Kyle Lowry the basketball player; I look at the guy I hang out with outside basketball. That's my man."
On the closeness of their families, Lowry said:"It's one family really — me, my wife, my kids, him, his girl, his kids. I have two boys; he has two girls — we're different. DeMar has no boys, so in a way, that's his boy. ”
Without off-court baggage to sweat about, Lowry could throw himself into being a Dad, the role he never experienced first-hand, but which he was seemingly born to play.
According to Lowry, caring for your family gives you inner strength — "If you don't feel up to something, you have to persevere and do it anyway. It's all about internal love, and showing compassion and patience."
"Being a father has helped me as a basketball player. The patience, the understanding, not holding on to things," he says. "You can't hang on to things when you got kids. You can be mad at them one second, give them a little tap and a half-second later you're hugging them, kissing them. Fathers all over the world know that."
Lowry is around his kids a lot and he can see himself in their eyes and the plan is they will see themselves in him. He can give them the world, but what he really wants to give them is his love and daily proof that if they give their full effort, incredible things can happen.