Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields were officially introduced to Toronto and to the media on Tuesday afternoon, and theScore’s cameras were there to take it all in.
Considering that the Raptors were rumoured to be eying Lowry around Draft night, despite being heavily interested in Steve Nash, I actually believe Bryan Colangelo when he says acquiring Lowry is something they wanted to do regardless of the Nash sweepstakes. Obviously though, nabbing Kyle became more of a pressing issue once it became clear that Nash wasn’t coming.
It was also interesting to hear Colangelo talk about how there will be competition within the team, especially at the point guard spot if Jose Calderon returns. Like most Raptors fans, I’m hoping and expecting Lowry to take the starting job and run with it, but if we’ve learned anything from Dwane Casey, it’s that he wants his players to earn their roles, so don’t expect anything to be written in stone. Also, as I’ve said before, if Calderon sticks around, the Raptors should boast one of the NBA’s best point guard combinations this season.
Meanwhile, Fields shows us his sense of humour, talks a little “Linsanity” and discusses his confidence in a once dependable shot that abandoned him last season.
Landry Fields isn’t worth six-plus million dollars per season, at least not yet. But if you’ve watched him in the past, know his game and know Dwane Casey’s coaching style, you should realize that Fields will fit right in with the Raptors and definitely has the potential for a bounce back season on the offensive end. And that’s exactly what I’m expecting of him.
Plus, who doesn’t want more evidence and another reason to blame Carmelo Anthony for ruining everything?
Seriously though, both guys seem to be taking to Toronto quite well. As for Fields, while I doubt anyone sees his contract as a good one right now, try to remember that he didn’t pay himself, and at least give him a chance to play a game in a Raptors uniform before assuming he’s going to be the most overpaid player in NBA history.
I believe Scott nailed it on the head earlier today when he wrote that he’s “willing to wait and see how this season plays out before I make any bold proclamations about (Colangelo’s) supposed incompetence.”
We can’t know for certain if Colangelo and company are satisfied with their work already this off-season, but here’s what we do know: Replacing Bayless, Forbes, Johnson, Magloire and Alabi with Lowry, Ross, Fields, Valanciunas and Acy should noticeably improve this team, and if you can’t admit that, perhaps you’re as blind and biased as you claim Colangelo and his supporters to be.