Lowry ready for return to Palestra, downplays Iverson

As a high school junior, Kyle Lowry’s Cardinal Dougherty squad was passed up to play LeBron James and St. Vincent-St. Mary in a showcase game at the Palestra. Instead, Dougherty had to settle for a win over Chester while James routed Strawberry Mansion.

On Sunday, Lowry will get that chance. As a part of Team Philly, Lowry will face off against James and the rest of Team Mello in the “Battle for I-95” at the Palestra.

Lowry hasn’t been to the Palestra since his sophomore year at Villanova, when the Wildcats downed St. Joseph’s, 71-58 in February. Lowry jumped to the NBA that June and was selected in the first round by Memphis. He currently plays with Houston.

“I have a lot of great memories there, a lot of big games,” said Lowry of his time at the Palestra. “It’s such a historic place and I got the opportunity to play there.”

Lowry headlined a Dougherty roster that included Division-1 recruits Bilal Benn, Shane Clark and DeSean White. He thinks his team could’ve put up a better effort against James than the 85-47 drubbing Mansion received.

“I think it would’ve been a little bit more of a round about game,” said Lowry. “Strawberry Mansion had some good players but a lot of things went through Maureece Rice and they pretty much triple-teamed and double-teamed him.

As Team Philly is reportedly set, rumors have circulated around former Sixers guard Allen Iverson joining the squad. He’s reported to be in town hosting VIP Parties at downtown nightclubs both Friday and Saturday.

“If he does than great, if he doesn’t then hey, but honestly it is what it is,” said Lowry. “If he plays then great and the fans get an even better show.’