For Raps, it’s just a whole lot of fun

Toronto Sun - - SPORTS - — Mike Gan­ter

BROOK­LYN — There’s a three let­ter word that is get­ting a real work­out in con­ver­sa­tion with any mem­ber of the Toronto Rap­tors these days.

The word is “fun” and in the past 48 hours (granted it might have had a lit­tle to do with an ex­tended stay in New York) Kyle Lowry, De­Mar DeRozan and per­haps most shock­ing of all, coach Dwane Casey have been us­ing it.

“This is a lot of fun,” Casey said be­fore the game. “This is a fun team to coach, the sec­ond unit is fun, it’s al­most like coach­ing a col­lege team, they are lot of fun and the older guys, the way they’re play­ing, the free­dom they’re play­ing with, the fun they’re hav­ing play­ing with – it’s fun.’ Casey wasn’t quite done hav­ing fun. “This is the most fun I’ve had since we’ve been in Toronto,” he said, in case he hadn’t al­ready made that clear. “Again, I un­der­stand what our mis­sion is and how we’re try­ing to get there and that’s the fun part, see­ing a lot of things we’ve preached and talked about come to fruition and you can look at the play­ers and say, ‘I told you so.’”

Lowry joked af­ter hear­ing about his coach’s pre-game com­ments that he might just be putting one over on the me­dia, but even Lowry has been drop­ping the “fun” word lately.

““I think we just like hav­ing fun,” he said when the ques­tion of get­ting up for teams that might not seem to pose a threat to a team rolling like the Rap­tors are rolling right now. “I think we just like the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of bas­ket­ball. I think no mat­ter who we are play­ing, where we are play­ing, or what time we are play­ing, we just like to play bas­ket­ball. I think that’s the one thing about this team with all the young guys. It’s fun to hoop. It’s just fun to go out there and hoop and play bas­ket­ball.”

So yeah, it’s pretty clear. This sea­son has been rather fun for the Rap­tors to this point.

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