Raptors’ Ujiri on almost trading Lowry

Heading into the All-Star game, Lowry is averaging 21 points and 4.9 rebounds. (Frank Gunn/CP)


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This weekend, the Toronto Raptors will host their first NBA All-Star game. In the midst of the team's preparations for the big event, their general manager, Masai Ujiri, spoke to Maclean's senior correspondent Jonathon Gatehouse about his reputation for saying exactly what he thinks, the benefits of being the country's only NBA team, and Canada's rise as a bona fide basketball power. Here's a sample from the interview, which can be found in full here.

Q: Are you still looking for pieces for this club?
Yeah, you keep building and trying to figure out how it will all come together. But for now, I think we want to grow—to let our players take the stage. A couple of years ago, we were 6-12, DeMar [DeRozan] wasn't doing that great and we were a couple of hours away from trading Kyle Lowry. Then, all of sudden, we had some luck. People never talk about it, but you need a lot of luck in sports. A lot of stuff that has happened to us, we sit here like we're all geniuses and we've done this and that. No, there's a lot of luck. Things have to come your way. We've given our players the support and the platform, and they're running away with it. How far can they grow? We're going to see.


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