Voting for the NBA all-star game ends Jan. 19 and there is a full-court press to get Lowry a starting job on the audience-voted team. But some are wondering when the Raptors' most famous fan — rapper and the team's global ambassador Drake — will weigh in.
Raptors supporters of all stripes, even political ones, have taken to Twitter to publicize the vote. Mayor John Tory urged the city to vote for its hometown play-maker, while Premier Kathleen Wynne asked the same of Ontarians. Even the prime minister voiced his support — tagging the player in a tweet.
"It just shows how big of a fan support this country has for our team," said Lowry. "We love playing for Toronto, and we love playing for Canada."
Fans vote for the starting lineups for both the Eastern and Western Conferences in the league. The two guards who get the most votes win the starting job — point guard and shooting guard — while coaches select the rest of the team.
At last count, Lowry was about 100,000 votes shy of the second spot.
Lowry's teammates say he's a shoo-in.
"You have guys that have super machines behind them. That's going to make sure they get tons of votes," said shooting guard Lou Williams of other potential all-stars. "But I think his play speaks for itself. I definitely think he should represent us in this year's all-star game."
But as sports columnists are point out, there is one voice that has yet to speak up for Lowry, and that voice belongs to Drake. The rapper is a fixture courtside and has a Twitter following that could make a direct impact in the voting. But he has yet to hit "send" on a tweet supporting Lowry's all-star bid.
Lowry is humbled by the whole campaign.
"It is what it is," he shrugged. "If I get in, I get in. If I don't, I'll be on the beach, hanging out, resting.
No resting just yet though. The Raptors take on the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.Suggest a correction