Daily Raptor Dish - 13.02.10
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Big names in the wind

The Raptors don't figure on doing anything substantial, unless they are willing to part with one of their core players.
General manager Bryan Colangelo, however, has always done something during his tenure in T.O., whether it was engineering a trade in the days leading up to the deadline or pulling the trigger that day, such as last year's acquisition of Patrick O'Bryant in a three-team trade involving Will Solomon.
Worth noting is that the Raptors have a roster spot available, even though the team is right up against the tax threshold.
Also, keep in mind that playoff rosters are set on March 1, which opens up the possibility of a team claiming a player who has conveniently been waived thanks in part to some back-door arrangement with an agent.

Second banana not appealing to Bosh

"I was just looking at what people say and it's like: 'Chris is going to go here and play with him or this, this and that.' I'm like: Wait a minute. I feel like I should be built around. And maybe that's just my ego talking, but I feel that I'm a very good player in this league and I'm only going to get better. So ... maybe we should be getting somebody (in Toronto)."
From the what-did-he-mean-by-that portion of the program came this little tidbit from Bosh: "Things you like and dislike change daily," Bosh said, "(which makes it) impossible almost to not only predict the future, but predict your feelings."

DeRozan dunks in

Raptors' DeMar Rozan beat Eric Gordon of the Clippers in fan voting in the first Dunk-In competition Friday night in Dallas. DeRozan will now compete in the NBA all-star slam dunk competition on Saturday.

Bosh would like a shot at selling Toronto to the world

With incessant chatter about Bosh leaving the Raptors as a free agent this summer – although never from him – he said Friday he'd like a shot at attracting someone to Toronto.
"Come visit me for a weekend and then we'll talk later," he said when asked what his sales pitch would be.
But Bosh was coy when asked to describe that weekend. "Ah, go to the museums, go to the park, go out to eat, go get some shots up."
Bosh has been a big promoter of Toronto in the last couple of years and said earlier this season he feels "at home" when he comes back to his adopted hometown.
He just wishes it wasn't so hard to get major recognition for the team or the city. "It gets forgotten all the time, I don't think it's that much of a secret," he said "We don't have any national games in the States, we don't get as much attention as other teams do. I mean, we're rolling right now and I don't think anybody really knows it.
"I think it can be changed, you just have to go the extra mile."

DeRozan slams into dunk final

DeRozan had a rather pedestrian set, a between-the-legs, left-handed slam to start and a simple double-pump finish and said he just wanted to get through it.
"I was just trying to have some energy and creativity for (Saturday) night," he said. "I've got some stuff left."
DeRozan said teammate Sonny Weems will be called on to help when the Raptors rookie goes up against two-time defending champion Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks, Gerald Wallace of the Charlotte Bobcats and Shannon Brown of the Los Angles Lakers.
For DeRozan, being picked for the dunk-in raised awareness of his skills around the league and also let him show off his personality.
He's not exactly a wild and crazy guy but he does have a youthful exuberance not many see.
"In a game, you're focused on the task that's at hand; in a dunk contest, you're more open-minded, you can do a lot of different stuff," DeRozan said Friday.
"You just go out there and have fun with it, entertain the people, act silly with it. Just like I do back at practice with my teammates in the gym doing crazy stuff. Just bring that out and let the people see it."
DeRozan's involvement in the all-star weekend is limited to dunking because he was overlooked by NBA assistant coaches, who chose the teams for Friday's rookie-sophomore game (which ended in a rare victory for the rookies over the sophomores, 140-128).
It may have had to do with the makeup of the team and the depth among first-year guards but DeRozan's teammate, Chris Bosh, said it might also have to do with the anonymity that surrounds the Raptors.
DeRozan did get to experience all-star weekend first hand after being only a television viewer in the past.
"I've been watching all-star weekend every year, I used to get really excited to watch it," he said. "Now to get to be a part of it in any kind of way is really overwhelming."

Raptors DeRozan wins Dunk-In

Toronto Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan has won the inaugural All-Star “Dunk-In” to earn a place in the slam dunk contest.
DeRozan defeated Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon at halftime in the rookie challenge on Friday night.
Each player had two dunks, and Gordon struggled to put his first one down.
DeRozan earned 61 per cent from fans who voted online and by text message.

Big storm dampens CB4 homecoming

Dallas native Chris Bosh said his return home was unusually quiet because of the record snowfall that hit the city Thursday.
As the city began to thaw from the 12 inches of snow that covered the ground, the Toronto Raptors forward said he began to get more ticket inquiries for Sunday's game.
“It's been kind of like a ghost town,” Bosh said. “It's starting to pick up. I'm starting to get more calls, more requests and more begging.”
Bosh led Lincoln High School, which is about five miles outside of downtown Dallas, to a state championship his senior season. He normally has a vocal group of friends and family in the stands when the Raptors visit the Mavericks once each season.
He admits this All-Star experience has a special meaning.
“I never thought the All-Star game would be coming to Dallas, let alone be playing in it here,” Bosh said. “I just want to have as much fun as possible and not take the situation for granted.”

DeRozan beats Gordon in All-Star Dunk-In

Toronto rookie DeMar DeRozan has won the inaugural All-Star "Dunk-In" to earn a place in the slam dunk contest.
DeRozan defeated Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon at halftime of the rookie challenge on Friday night. Each player had two dunks, and Gordon struggled to put his first one down.
DeRozan earned 61 percent from fans who voted online and by text message. He will compete against defending champion Nate Robinson, Charlotte All-Star Gerald Wallace and Lakers guard Shannon Brown on Saturday night during the final event of All-Star Saturday night.

Sunshine Girl - 13.02.10

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