DeRozan, Lowry’s best mate, was sent to San Antonio Spurs as part of the deal to sign Leonard this offseason.

The move upset DeRozan, who was comfortably settled in Toronto and had been a solid servant of the franchise for nine years.

And although Lowry was sad to see his friend moved on, he refused to criticise the team during today’s media day.

He instead wanted the focus to be on trying to break Golden State Warriors’ NBA dominance over the next 12 months.

“I understand the business. I come to work,” Lowry said of DeRozan’s exit.

“Our relationship is bigger than basketball… that’s still my boy.”

“I’m here to be part of this great team… It’s going to be fun, man. Opportunity like this, we have to take advantage of it.

“I’m here to do my job. I’ve always been prepared to come in and work. My mindset never changes, trying to win a Championship.

“Trying to win the gold ball in Toronto.. same as it always is.”

And when quizzed on the opportunity to play alongside Leonard, Lowry added: “Excited to play with him. Always ride or die with my team-mates.

“Kawhi’s a great talent. He’s an NBA Finals MVP. He’s got a ring.

“I think any team I’ve played with had a chance. We had a chance the last three years, we just lost. Every single night, you have a chance; 50-50 every year.”

Meanwhile, Leonard is excited to get his Raptors career underway.

“I look at it as a day to day process. My focus is on this year, this group that I have,” Leonard said.

“If you look at the future, you are going to trip on the present.

“I’m excited about the city, knowing it is a basketball city. … Right now I am feeling great — ready to play basketball.

“I’m a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean, there’s just more questions you’ll have to ask me.”

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