Today in Raptorland - 1/27/08
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Raps cooking at home

Defending their home turf, admits star player Chris Bosh, was an area of concern.

"That was a topic of discussion in the first half of the season because we weren't really taking advantage of our home court,'' he said.

"We need to do that now. We have some home games lined up for us and we have to defend our home court because we are playing pretty good on the road."
Jose making a case

If Calderon gets the all-star call, one that rests with the league's coaches, it will provide the ultimate endorsement for a player who entered the NBA three years ago and whose stock continues to soar with each game and each precise pass to an open teammate.

"It will be dream come true,'' Calderon said. "It's up to the coaches. There's unbelieveable talent in the Eastern Conference at the point guard position.

"Whatever happens, I will welcome it."

Stoudamire might be a Raptor again

The sources suggest Stoudamire is leaning toward signing a contract with the NBA-leading Celtics even though the Raptors remain in the race for his services as a backup to point guard Jose Calderon.
Calderon playing like all-star

They see 8.6 assists per game, 1.6 turnovers per game, 12.1 points per game and an increased workload as the reason he's going to get consideration from Eastern Conference coaches for a berth in next month's all-star game.

His best friend in the league sees the other ways Calderon has become such a factor in so many games.

"It's not just scoring, giving assists, he is giving to the team a lot more," said Jorge Garbajosa, Calderon's winter teammate in Toronto and his summer mate on the Spanish national team. "He's giving to the team confidence, he's giving the ball to everybody ... in the right place in the right moment.

"I think everybody feels really comfortable playing by his side."
NBA coaches are voting these days and the backups will be announced Thursday night.

Heat end 15-game slide

Heat 98, Pacers 96

Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, Mark Blount added 10 of his 19 in the fourth quarter, and Miami snapped a 15-game skid the longest in the NBA this season and the second-longest in franchise history.
Shaq's all-star streak in danger

O'Neal, Jerry West and Karl Malone are the only players selected to 14 straight all-star games. He's always a fan favourite during the league's showcase weekend, and his antics including breakdancing with Dwight Howard and LeBron James last year are the stuff of YouTube lore.

Freed-up Stoudamire an option for Celtics

"The Boston situation speaks for itself," Stoudamire said. "Great record, three superstars, best record in NBA. If I would get into a situation like that, I would only hope to help and enhance it. Great coaching, great coaching staff . . .

"I'm comfortable with a situation where they are comfortable with me coming in. I'm not going to be a hindrance. There are places where guys fit and don't fit. I'm going to fit. No selfish motives. If Boston wants to speak to me, I'd be dumb not to look into the situation."

Wall of pride

They called him "The Wall."

He may have been one of the most aptly nicknamed players in National Basketball Association history. Anyone who ever felt the wrath of one of his 6-foot-8-inch, 255-pound picks could attest to that.

And during the 45+ years in the NBA, Wayne Embry became a pillar, too. The foundation of the Milwaukee Bucks would not be the same without him.

Passing the torch (and his jersey number) at GA

It began 20 years ago. A lanky 13-year-old, uncertain about his high school future, met an up-and-coming basketball coach eager about his new job.
Within three years, the duo had turned Germantown Academy into an Inter-Ac League powerhouse.

The player, Alvin Williams, went on to have a nine-year NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers.

The coach, Jim Fenerty, became the Patriots' winningest coach, with 360 victories and 10 league crowns.

Through the years, they have maintained a relationship that brings more joy than a lucrative NBA contract or a coaching milestone. It's a tight-knit relationship that now includes Fenerty's son, Jimmy.
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