Jamaal Magloire happy to help toughen up Raptors
Old 10-05-2013, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Jamaal Magloire happy to help toughen up Raptors

There is no mistaking Jamaal Magloire for the other coaches at Toronto Raptors camp.

He's the one throwing elbows.

Only a season removed from his playing days, the bruising big man has brought some much-needed intensity to Raptors practices this season.

"Huge," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said, measuring Magloire's contribution to training camp. "He beats the crap out of J.V. [Jonas Valanciunas] every day. We have some two-on-one drills where Jamaal still gets in there and cracks people. They know it's not like a little coach in there with pads on, it's a real seven-foot guy who's going to knock you on your butt if you don't come in the right way.

"Jamaal does a great job with that. He's still in shape, and he's done a heck of a job of being a vocal and physical mentor to a lot of our inside players."
The 35-year-old Magloire who was an all-star in 2004 for the New Orleans Hornets and led the East team with 19 points and eight rebounds in that game said he's happy to help toughen up the Raptors. Being soft is not an option.

"That's the goal, to make them ready, best prepare them for the game," Magloire said. "The game is aggressive, it's one of physical toughness, and that's what I'm trying to help them with right now."

Does Magloire have any bruises to show for the on-court beatings?

"No. But they do," he said, with a wide grin.
The Raptors big men appreciate his presence at camp, and have brought up his name several times this week.

"Jamaal is one of the greatest players, and he can give me a lot," said Valanciunas, the 21-year-old Lithuanian forward who's considered a big part of the franchise's future. "I'm doing a lot of work with him, especially on the low post. He's telling me what to do in this or that situation. It's really good to have him here."

Amir Johnson already pretty tough as it is agreed.

"Jamaal is just awesome to play with, he's an all-star, he's always battling, which I really like, he's motivating," Johnson said. "It's just a pleasure having him coach."
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Magloire learned from PJ Brown. Yes, its nice on having an experienced big man to motivate you, toughen you up and learn the ropes to become an professional NBA player. However, it would be nice to have big man coach (Sabonis, Hakeem) who could teach post moves to VAL who I think will become a special player. He is our franchise player.
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