Photo credit: James Devaney More Blake always brings her fashion A-game to the red carpet and talk-show circuit, but even this look stood out - because the basketball-inspired getup was her seventh outfit change of the day. That's right: In less than 24 hours, she completed the fashion equivalent of a marathon, and honestly I'm exhausted just looking at her. View photos More Story continues Blake was THEN spotted wearing a Chanel ensemble that included a houndstooth jumpsuit, chain belt, and dice-shaped bag. View photos Photo credit: Raymond Hall More At the film premiere, Blake looked like a glittering, silver mermaid in Chanel with her signature blonde waves - and yet another pair of Louboutin heels. View photos Photo credit: Raymond Hall More The sporty yet glam Monse jersey was the seventh and final look of the evening.
The Raptors will play the Rockets twice here in Japan, giving Lowry a chance to reconnect with some Houston staffers, even if his playing status for the contest is uncertain following thumb surgery. Lowry spent parts of four seasons in Texas, starting about half of the time and was encouraged to develop his three-point shooting and play-making, staples of the all-around game which would make him a five-time all-star in Toronto, before being dealt to Toronto in July of for a future first-round pick.
Lowry was the last vestige of the Bryan Colangelo Era on the championship squad and has turned in without question the finest career in Toronto by any Raptor. The move worked out for the Rockets too though, since the pick that came back which turned out to be centre Steven Adams was a major part of the stunningly weak package that pried superstar James Harden away from Oklahoma City.
Lowry is an interesting character. He can be mischievous and at times seems to be fuelled by drama. Lowry will turn 34 in March and though his game is not based on athleticism, there will surely be some slippage in the next few years.
Billups, also a five-time all-star, who emerged as a star like Lowry later in his career, made his last all-star appearance at Detroit moved him to Denver, despite his Finals MVP legacy there, at age 32 and Billups was still very good until his age 36 season, before deteriorating significantly at 37 before retirement.
Toronto is clearing the decks to try to add a superstar or two to Pascal Siakam and the young core in future summers. Heir apparent Fred VanVleet will also need a new deal in July and is eight years younger.
Perhaps a nice compromise could be based on games played and production? No decisions need to be made imminently, but the longer it goes, the more potential for distraction.
Serge Ibaka is also expected to rotate between the bench and starting. The exhibitions, which begin on Tuesday and end on Oct.