Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is a 205-pound wrecking ball, but he’s heading into the new season looking like a new, smaller man.

Lowry, 29, shed a considerable amount of weight this summer through dieting and some tweaks in his training.

Lowry says that his new physique won’t change his bruising style of play.

Per Stack:

That photo of you that Kyle O’Quinn posted caused quite a stir. […] Kyle Lowry: “I guess it took off and people got excited about it. It ended up being a topic of discussion. But for me, it wasn’t about showing off my body. It wasn’t about anybody but myself. It wasn’t about anyone asking me to do anything or anyone telling me to do anything. It was about me wanting to be the best player I could possibly be, and trying to educate my body to make sure I’m the best player I can be for 82 games and a long playoff run.”

 

What made you decide to drop weight? […] Lowry: “It started during [last] season, and even before that. I was talking to my wife, and she said, ‘You were always your best at your college weight.’ The saying is, the older you get, the lighter you’ve got to be. I thought Ray Allen did a great job of that, and Chauncey Billups too. I’m getting to the point where I’m a little bit older. I’m still young, but I’m a little bit older, and I can pick and choose how I want my body to look and feel. It’s good to understand your body. I want to be special. At the end of the day it’s all about me and how I feel and what I can provide for my team and my family.”

 

How’d you go about doing it? Did you switch up your normal routine at all? […] Lowry: “I still lift with my trainers (at Impact Basketball). I don’t play as much pick-up basketball during the summer as I used to when I was younger. I implemented bike riding and extreme Pilates. There’s not too much running and sprinting. Instead of doing five days of lifting, I do three days of lifting and two days of cardio. Before, I would lift five days a week and take a day off. Now, there’s no days off, but there’s a conditioning day and a recovery day and there’s always work being done.”