The Raptors have been one of the big surprises of the season and they’ve got two worthy All-Star candidates in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, writes Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun. Lowry, who has been the center of trade rumors for much of the season, had a different attitude heading into this season and was in the best shape of his life during summer league play. “Kyle has brought his game to a different level, and maintained it,” coach Dwane Casey said. “Kyle has shown he can be a positive leader. I think that was the biggest question among coaches around the league.” More from the Eastern Conference..
- The Sixers announced that they have assigned guard Lorenzo Brown to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. This marks Brown’s third assignment to the Sevens this season. He has appeared in six D-League games, averaging 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Brown has appeared in 15 games for the Sixers this season.
- Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of the company that owns the Raptors, said the team will spend as necessary to win and that, “We’re not afraid of the luxury tax at the right time,” notes Michael Grange of SportsNet.
- Set to face the Lakers, who fired him last season, coach Mike Brown says he’s already begun to feel pressure with the Cavs, but he isn’t letting it get to him and wants to remain with Cleveland “for many years,” observes Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.