If there was any doubt whether Philadelphia-born-and-raised Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry had committed himself to life in Canada, that probably should have ended this July, when he inked a 3-year, $100 million extension. And as for his adaptation to life as an honorary Canadian, well, his tweet celebrating the life of The Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, who passed away earlier this week, should have settled that as well. This was one Canadian icon honoring another. After two and a half seasons in Memphis and three and a half in Houston, Lowry has found a home in Toronto. “I’ve been here six years—well, this’ll be my sixth year—my family loves it, my kids are in school here,” says Lowry. “It’s one of them places I never thought I’d be here this long, but the situation worked out.” It’s worked out for all parties involved. Lowry’s made three straight All-Star teams, and the Raptors have won 50 games each of the past two seasons, making the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016. At 31, Lowry finds himself a veteran leader of a relatively young squad. The competition doesn’t end when the games do, though. Lowry is a video game guy too, and while he doesn’t play quite as much as he used to, he’ll still mix it up with the youngsters (whom, he willingly admits, are on a whole other level.) We talked to him about his history with Call of Duty, a potential Vince Carter return to Toronto, and what it means to be an NBA player from Philly. (This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.) What game got you into video games in general? It was probably Contra—Contra was the game that really got me into video games. You got the cheat—up, down, up, down, left, right, a, b, a, b—all that stuff. Contra was the game that got me going. Were you an arcade guy or just home? Just home, going to the arcade, that 25 cents costs a lot after a while. You keep losing men and dying you use your whole dollar that you have for the day in five minutes. I couldn’t afford to keep stacking the quarters up there.
Kyle Lowry Wants Vince Carter to Finish His Career in Toronto
Complex | Oct 19