Kyle Lowry thrown for loop by kid asking about him being icon across Canada, gives great answer (video)

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TORONTO – Raptors star Kyle Lowry has a great story of perseverance and determination. He’s, by far, the longest-tenured player on a team one win from a championship. As Canada’s only NBA team, Toronto represents the entire country.

The love for Lowry here is deep and wide.

But he wasn’t ready for a child reporter to ask today, “How does it feel to be an icon all over Canada to kids?”

“I’m not – that’s a crazy question,” Lowry said, shaking his head and laughing. “I ain’t never been asked that one. I don’t know.

“I will put it this way, man. I was once a kid. I was once in your shoes. And to be able to know kids one day will want to be like me, I hold myself to a super high standard. I want kids and you to see a man that’s really professional, really about his business, but at the same time, he’s still fun and loving and everything else.”

As the next questioner got called on, Lowry continued.

“That’s a crazy question right there, boy” Lowry said. “You can’t beat that question. You can’t beat that question. You can try, but you can’t beat that question.”

The next question – about how to balance appreciating fan support and remaining focused on the task at hand – was fine. But Lowry was right. It didn’t hold up to the previous query.

Lowry is an intense competitor, to the point he sometimes comes across as grumpy. The Raptors are determined to maintain a steely mentality as they near their goal.

It was cool to see Lowry, in this environment, break form and enjoy the deserved flattery.

Dorian Finney-Smith slams putback dunk on two Timberwolves (video)

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The Mavericks have the best offensive rating (117.5 on Basketball-Reference) in NBA history.

That’s in part because Dallas is an excellent offensive-rebounding team.

Dorian Finney-Smith took it to the next level in the Mavericks’ win over the Timberwolves yesterday:

Poor Treveon Graham and Jarrett Culver.

Report: Woman drops sexual-assault lawsuit against Kings coach Luke Walton

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The NBA closed its investigation into Kings coach Luke Walton – whom Kelli Tennant sued, alleging sexual assault – without finding wrongdoing.

Walton – who denied the allegations from his time as a Warriors assistant coach and Lakers head coach – won’t face a civil trial, either.

TMZ:

The woman who accused Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2017 has officially dropped her lawsuit against the NBA coach, TMZ Sports has learned.

Unclear if Walton and Tennant struck a settlement — but it’s not uncommon in situations like this.

We might eventually learn details of a settlement. But with Tennant not cooperating with the NBA investigation and now dropping her lawsuit, Walton will likely get to continue his coaching career without this hanging over him.

It’s often difficult for victims of sexual abuse to prove the crime occurred. Likewise, it’s often difficult for wrongfully accused people to prove their innocence. Tennant’s main allegation occurred in a hotel room with only she and Walton present.

Hopefully, justice prevailed here.

Blake Griffin inadvertently hits referee in face (video)

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Blake Griffin kept causing problems during the Pistons’ loss to the Bucks last night.

He and Giannis Antetokounmpo went face-to-face a couple times. At one point, Griffin bumped down and stepped over Antetokounmpo, prompting Khris Middleton to confront the Detroit star.

But Griffin saved his most devastating work for referee Scott Twardoski.

Griffin extended his arm and whacked Twardoski in the face, flooring the official. Play stopped for Twardoski to recover. The replay doesn’t do the contact justice. Twardoski was moving quickly up the floor when he ran straight into Griffin’s hand.

At least it wasn’t as bad as this legendary Carlos Boozer moment:

Out of game, shoeless LeBron James waves towel on court near play (video)

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LeBron James wasn’t about that NBA-rulebook life last night.

Not only did he get away with a comically blatant travel, he – ostensibly out of the game – later wandered onto the court during play. He got pretty close to the action, waving his towel in celebration of consecutive Kyle Kuzma blocks.

And LeBron was wearing only socks on his feet. He had already given his shoes away to young fans – with 4:20 left! Sure, the Lakers were up 19 on the Jazz, but that’s a lot of time remaining. What a kind and totally disrespectful gesture, a real do-it-all move.

Restless-late-in-a-blowout LeBron is the best LeBron.