Bill Bayno interview
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Raptors Bill Bayno interview

HoopsHype - Catching up with Raptors' Bill Bayno

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Don't you get tired of doing it year-round?

BB: I do, I do. Because I pretty much work all summer with our guys, but it's still worth doing it. I'll have about a week off before we start training camp. I'm just going to have to get a lot of sleep, that's all. Coach Casey is going to give me a week to get my stuff in order and then I've got to be back on September 21. We have meetings, informal workouts, and then start on the 29th.
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You work a lot with the young guys. Who do you expect to have a breakout season this year?

BB: T-Ross and Jonas are still in that stage of their careers where they have a lot of room for improvement. I think they will continue to grow. I think both of those guys can be All-Stars. We drafted Bruno Caboclo, who I think has a tremendous future, but this year it will be hard for him to break in because we have our Top 10 coming back. We're going to work hard to develop him. He's a great kid, he's got a bright future, really listens and learns, has a high basketball IQ. So he's the one guy to watch but I don't think it's his time yet to have a breakout year with the way our roster's shaped up. So I think our two young guys are Jonas and T-Ross. They both had great summers, they both worked really really hard. Jonas is playing great for Lithuania.
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Were you kind of surprised that the Raptors did so well last season?

BB: The credit goes to the players: Kyle Lowry really stepped up. Then Masai Ujiri made an unbelievable trade where we were able to get four players for pretty much one. We traded Rudy Gay. At the time, Rudy was playing well but he and DeMar [DeRozan] I think were too similar. So we got four players for Rudy and they were all really solid winning players: Greivis Vasquez, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons and Patrick Patterson. At the time, our bench was our weakness. We were 5-12, our starters were hanging in there but we had a lot of young guys on the bench, we got a lot of injuries, and that solidified our bench. From that day on, I think we were like 43-22. Kyle and DeMar were our leaders, Jonas Valanciunas and T-Ross were young guys that really developed, probably two of the best years of any second-year players and our bench was phenomenal. Those four guys I mentioned along with Tyler Hansbrough really played solid for us and came one shot away from advancing and play the Miami Heat. So we got everybody back and we're excited and looking forward to that.
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