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Kyle Lowry denies trying to ‘throw any shade’ at LeBron James

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Kyle Lowry made some interesting comments about LeBron James after the Toronto Raptors eliminated the Miami Heat on Sunday. Ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Raptors point guard did his best to dispel any notion that his comments about James were by any means disrespectful.

Lowry was asked about facing the Cavaliers in the next round during a postgame interview with ESPN’s Doris Burke after Sunday’s Game 7. He took the opportunity to pay James a backhanded compliment, or at least that’s how many interpreted it.

Many took Lowry’s comment as a slight at James’ expense. Others didn’t feel that was the case. And Lowry did his best to entrench himself in the latter camp.

“I would never throw (any) shade on one of the greatest players in history of basketball,” Lowry said Tuesday, via ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo. “I would never do that. Some people will take it for too much. LeBron is LeBron James. He’ll probably be (one of the) top three players of all-time when he retires.”

James, for what it’s worth, blew off Lowry’s comment, presumably not to provide the Raptors with any bulletin board material. It appears Lowry is trying to do the same, although it must be pointed out that it was his talk a few days back that caused the entire quasi-controversy in the first place.