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Nick Nurse's All-Star Spot Should Be The Toronto Raptors' Priority, Says Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry is a six-time NBA All-Star. But where some players might have rested on their laurels after finding out they'd made the showpiece event again, that's not KLow's style. In fact, behind-the-scenes footage shows the Raptors star urging his teammates to secure coach Nick Nurse's All-Star spot, too.

Lowry's berth in the game, set for Sunday, February 16 at Chicago's United Center, was confirmed on Thursday, January 30.

The Philadelphia native will feature as a reserve, marking the sixth year in a row he has been selected for honours.

There, he'll join teammate Pascal Siakam, who was named for the first time in his career last week.

But Lowry, ever the champion of his teammates and the Raptors in general, doesn't want the team to settle there.

"We need one more win to get these old coaches in here, so let's get out here and get one more," the No. 7 says to the room in the team's latest Open Gym behind-the-scenes video.

The Raptors roster then breaks down in laughter at Lowry's not-so-subtle dig at the age of the franchise's backroom staff.

As Kyle is alluding to, if the Raptors win just one more game, Nurse and his staff will coach the Eastern Conference side in the All-Star game.

Per CBC, the East franchise with the best record through February 2 behind the Milwaukee Bucks will lead the team. The Bucks' head coach, Mike Budenholzer, cannot take part as he featured in last year's event.

Nurse was an assistant with his former Raptors coach Dwayne Casey's staff at the 2018 all-star game.

And fate couldn't have thrown up a more convenient twist this year.

The Raptors travel to Casey's Pistons on Friday night. Nurse just needs to beat his old mentor to secure his first All-Star head coach honours.

Earlier in the video, Nurse had congratulated Kyle on his nod.

"I don't have a game ball but KLow just got named to the All-Star team," says Nurse in the clip, as applause breaks out in the locker room.

Lowry then takes over the chat.

"Honestly, fellas, none of this is possible without all of us in this room. We always got to continue to keep believing in each other and keep pushing for each other."

Spoken like a true leader, and a six-time All-Star.

Lowry's generosity after being named an All-Star is the latest example of the humble nature of the Raptors' leading stars.

Just last week, Siakam had spent time working as a cashier at the NBA store in New York before his own nomination was confirmed.

The Raptors vs. the Pistons goes at 7 p.m. ET on Friday as Lowry and Co. look to book Nurse's spot in Chicago.

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