Kyle Lowry will suit up as a Toronto Raptor for the first time on Wednesday when they play host to the Washington Wizards.
Lowry, who joined the team in an off-season trade with the Houston Rockets, has not been able to practise since the opening week of training camp due to a groin injury.
“It’s been frustrating. I wanted to be out there with my teammates,” Lowry told reporters after practice Monday. “They were giving it their all and I just wanted to be out there with them.”
Raptors coach Dwane Casey expects Lowry’s transition to active duty to be somewhat seamless.
“He’s a student of the game. He’s probably one of the smartest players we have so he won’t miss anything intellectually,” Casey said. “The only thing he will probably be a little behind in is his aerobic conditioning.”
Lowry returned to full practice on Sunday and said that he hasn’t had many problems adjusting to his new teammates but that things will be a little more difficult once Wednesday’s game begins.
“I’ve been around so it’s easier to get in synch with the guys,” Lowry explained. “It’s going to be a little different when I get into games but in practice it’s pretty easy.”
Lowry said he is excited by the prospect of teaming up with Jonas Valanciunas and Andrea Bargnani at the offensive end.
“I’m looking forward to running the pick-and-roll with both (Valanciunas) and Andrea because they both do two special things,” he said. “One’s a great shooter and one’s a great roller. It’s going to be fun out there, getting some pick and rolls, getting some layups and getting some easy open shots.”
While Lowry is expected to see some time on the court Wednesday, Casey said he wasn’t certain whether Jose Calderon would be available. Calderon left Friday’s 82-75 win over the Detroit Pistons early after suffering some tightness in his hamstring.
“Jose practised today so we’ll see how he feels after going today,” Casey said.