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Daily Raptor Dish - 19.12.10
Raptors bit by injury bug
Former Raptors on the move again
It was not the type of sight that instils a lot of confidence.
The Raptors have the Los Angeles Lakers in town for one of those early Sunday matinees today. The Lakers are coming off a win over the Philadelphia 76ers, their fifth victory in six games on a seven-game road trip that ends in Toronto.
But what has Raptors coach Jay Triano shaking his head is not the prospect of finding a way to slow down Kobe Bryant and company — although that is there too — but the reality that Saturday’s practice was all but a non-event because of the 14 players on his roster, only seven were healthy enough to practise.
The list of those unable to practise yesterday included Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, Amir Johnson, Leandro Barbosa, Sonny Weems, Reggie Evans and Peja Stojakovic.
With the exception of Evans and Stojakovic, all have a very good chance of playing against the Lakers but were sufficiently nicked up on Saturday that it made no sense to subject them to any more potential harm.
Doug Smith's Toronto Raptors blog
All that was missing was a Chris Bosh trade.
An otherwise quiet day in NBA circles, certainly quiet on the Toronto front, got loud quickly Saturday afternoon when confirmation of a trade that had been percolating for 24 hours finally came to fruition.
The fact that it involved two of the most hated ex-Raptors still in the league made it all the more interesting locally.
Leaving Phoenix after a stay of just 25 game following his one-season flop in Toronto, was none other than Hedo Turkoglu.
The “Turkish Tease” who has never seen enough “ball” since leaving Orlando is headed back to the Magic, while another former Raptor, who left Toronto a lot less happy with him than when he showed up, in one Vincent Lamar Carter on his way to Phoenix.
Joining Carter is potential stud big man Marcin Gortat, forward Mickael Pietrus, a future first-round pick and cash. Joining Turkoglu headed the other way is Jason Richardson and second-year forward Earl Clark.
The Phoenix deal was actually just the finishing touches on an overhaul that began earlier in the day when GM Otis Smith sent forward Rashard Lewis to Washington for guard Gilbert Arenas.
It’s an unprecedented mid-season overhaul for a team with a very respectable 16-9 record but one the organization felt it had to make in light of the immediate concerns and at least major concern down the road.
Bosh shilling used cars - again
Q: Hey Doug - a blog and a basketball related question:
On a couple of occasions during the IGBT you've shared some of the rude or less than intelligent comments you get. If you have 4 different people named "Bob" sending in comments, do you have the ability to distinguish between the three sending in genuine comments from the one annoying one?
What is the proper etiquette if you see a Raptors player or coach out in public? I saw a Jarrett Jack the day after a good game in a coffee shop and as I was leaving I simply said "good game last night" and he replied with a "thanks". Another time I saw Jay Triano as I was walking through the PATH but he looked like he was in a hurry so I didn't say anything as he passed by.
What is proper etiquette when you see a particular Mother Star Grunt out in public? Thanks Doug and Happy Holidays!
Remember when Chris Bosh first began marketing himself through various forms of social media? Way back when? Before First Ink, the DVD devoted to his new tattoo, before he became the first athlete with his own iphone app; before he began engaging with fans through Facebook and Twitter and his Youtube channel. It was just three years ago and Bosh was trying to drum up support to get elected as an all-star game starter. He put out a Youtube video filmed at home by his now ex-girlfriend where he campaigned for votes in the manner of a used car salesman. It was kind of charming and pretty funny and helped make Bosh a bit of viral star. Little did we know that Bosh was actually pretty serious about marketing his brand, revealing in subsequent layers a level of self-absorbtion that seemed kind of at odds with his otherwise low-key demeanour.
Anyway, in a case of life imitating art, Bosh, since decamped to South Beach where -- to be fair - he's been playing quite well as a third wheel on a Miami Heat team that has now won 10 straight, Bosh is now shilling cars for reals.
Not just any used cars. He's working for Warren Henry Automotive Group, who sell Lamborghinis and Range Rovers etc -- and yes they have a "pre-owned" division. So good for him; Let LeBron and Dwayne get all those national deals; Bosh is staying local.
If they need somone to make one of those over-the-top, "come on down to Warren Henry auto where we have a deal for you" type commercials, they've got just the guy.
Kobe Bryant says his finger is OK and he plans to play Sunday
Sam Mitchell is not dead, yet his former player and assistant coach talking in the past tense about him makes sense. His return to the Air Canada Centre for the first time since his December 2008 firing serves as a nice opportunity to write the epilogue on the tenure of Mitchell, the longest-serving head coach in Toronto Raptors history.
Mitchell, now an assistant with the New jersey Nets, who play the Raptors on Friday night, only coached two players who are still on the roster — Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon.
“I’ve got a lot of good moments with Sam. And bad moments, too,” Calderon said with a laugh.
“But yes [I found him intimidating]. Yes. At the beginning, I didn’t know what he wanted me to do. There was a lot of stuff. He always tried to talk to me. I couldn’t understand what he was saying. I was on the court. Imagine being on the court[listening to him]. I was the point guard. So I understand that [he was thinking], ‘If this guy cannot understand me, how is he going to play basketball.’
“But after it was a great relationship. I think I understood what he wanted me to do on the court.”
Reporting from Toronto —
Kobe Bryant sat on the training table, a smile on his face, his right pinkie taped, an electric stimulus device connected to the finger he had sprained Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Before he could be asked a question, Bryant blurted out:
"Finger is fine."
Bryant then chuckled and smiled after he was asked whether he would play Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.
"You think I'm going to miss a game for a pinkie?" Bryant asked.
Bryant struggled with his shot against the 76ers, going three-for-11 and scoring nine points, a season low.
"It's an issue," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said about Bryant's finger. "It's going to be an issue for a while."
Last edited by INSIDER; 12-19-2010 at 01:23 PM.