We hear this every offseason. X player dropped 15 pounds of fat. Y player added 25 pounds of muscle. Blah blah blah.
But holy shit look how slim Kyle Lowry looks! Pictured below is Lowry posing with Kyle O’Quinn, C.J. Watson and Brian Roberts. Perhaps the black tank and crossed-arm combination is exaggerating the appearance, but Lowry looks noticeably trimmer.
The picture caught many people off-guard. Reporters like James Herbert of CBS Sports were taken aback by Lowry’s transformation. As was J.J. Redick, who slid into the comment section to ask O’Quinn if that was really Lowry.
To be fair to Lowry, he was never too big, or out of shape. But he did struggle with a back injury that significantly undercut his effectiveness in the second half of last season. As Lowry dropped off, so did the Raptors. Here’s hoping that a fully-fit Lowry can recapture his All-Star form and lead the Raptors to an improved campaign.