Today in Raptorland - 1/28/08
Old 01-28-2008, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Calderon takes out the trash

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The concept of trash talking is lost on Jose Calderon.

He doesn't do it himself and when it is directed at him, which is happening more frequently, rarely does he realize it.

Calderon's first experience with this predominantly North American practice was in his rookie season.

"The only guy I remember doing it was in my first few games (with the Raptors)," Calderon said.

"It was Gary Payton. He was talking to me for the whole game. After one whistle I said, "Look, the only thing I can say in English is I don't understand what you are saying."
All-star serious

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The Raptors did their best to imitate the all-star atmosphere complete with blaring music for the UCLA alumnus. Marc Eversley, the Raptors' director of basketball operations, was mimicking a cameraman just off Kapono's elbow shooting the event. General manager Bryan Colangelo (in sweats, no less) provided additional distraction while acting as head official and waving off that last shot Kapono let fly just after the buzzer went off.
Triano's tricks may help Moon

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"I think Jay is the most creative guy I every met," Moon said in reference to assistant coach Jay Triano, who along with reserve guard Juan Dixon has been helping Moon out with some new dunks. "He has come up with some crazy ideas.

"I think the ideas we are taking into the dunk contest are going to be the most creative," Moon said.


Raptors earning respect where it counts

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"I look at the news. I look at Inside the NBA. I look at all these (NBA) programs," said the Raptors coach, "and no one ever mentions our name."

Mitchell wasn't necessarily complaining about the lack of stateside profile of the NBA's lone Canadian team; he's hardly publicity shy, but he seems to revel in his team's self-styled image as unknown underdogs.

Still, the coach also seemed to get a kick out of regaling the scribes with his view of how his team is viewed on the side of the 49th parallel where the other 29 teams in the 30-team league reside.


'No hard feelings,' says former Raptors coach

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He jumped, he swore and he spun his arms like propeller blades. By the end of the first half, Kevin O'Neill had also taken the time to bark into a referee's face from fewer than six inches away and, dramatically, stand with his arms out and his palms up, as though he had been martyred by a missed foul call.

And he was happy.

After a coaching career that has prodded him through 10 states, two countries and one colourful stretch with the Toronto Raptors, O'Neill has found a niche deep in the rugged copper horizon of southern Arizona.
Raptors Notebook: Coaches run, players laugh

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In preparation for Tuesday's game against Washington, the Toronto Raptors participated in a drill on Sunday in which they had to run wind sprints every time they missed a free throw.

Even the coaches got involved. Sam Mitchell, Alex English, Jay Triano, Mike Evans and Eric Hughes combined to hit nine of their 15 shots, meaning they had a lot of distance to cover.

How did they handle it?

"You see where Sam is sitting, don't you?," Chris Bosh said, pointing at the coach, slumped on a chair to the side of the practice court. "He hasn't moved."
Mitchell thinks Canadians are arrogant, too (in a counter-intuitive type of way)

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I think Americans think they're better in some things. I think French people think they're better in some things. I think Canadians think they're better in some things."

Surely you jest, coach. Us Canadians? Your peaceful, beer-producting, curling-obsessed neighbours to the north? Aside from hockey, we cannot think we are better than anybody else in the world in any one thing, can we?

"Canadians? Humble and humility," Mitchell said. "I think y'all really feel that y'all are the best in the world at that.


Stoudamireís no sure thing

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According to league sources, the Celts are checking out other possibilities and itís believed they may have interest in another player, thought to be Sam Cassell of the Los Angeles Clippers. That matter would require time to work out, but the Cís will have to move quickly on Stoudamire if they want him.


SKID REACHES 9 AS NETS FAIL TO CLOSE

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All the futility of a season slipping away and a road trip not to be wished on anyone were encased in the final 10 minutes here last night. The NetsNew jersey Nets blew a 15-point lead, missed a chance to tie at the buzzer and staggered out with their ninth straight defeat, an Al Jefferson-directed 98-95 victory by the lowly eight-win Timberwolves, who scored the last 10 points in the final 1:15 of the game.

"You're tired of it. You're tired of losing," said Vince CarterVince Carter (25 points) whose 28-footer near the buzzer over Antoine Walker grazed the front left of the rim causing the joint to erupt - after all, the Timberwolves are lowly.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lol at calde:

"It was Gary Payton. He was talking to me for the whole game. After one whistle I said, "Look, the only thing I can say in English is I don't understand what you are saying."
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haha ... that was funny Belsius.

I also like what Sam had to say about the accusations of Jose trash talkin'.

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Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell believes Calderon when he says he is unaware of any extra attention, but has seen it for himself and said it's a badge of honour for the young Spaniard.

"I wouldn't say they're testing him," Mitchell said. "When they do stuff like that I would say it's a sign of respect. Guys don't talk to people they don't worry about. You don't get in a guy's face you're not worried about. You don't cheap-shot a guy who can't play. You want that guy to be in the game. That's a sign of respect."
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In preparation for Tuesday's game against Washington, the Toronto Raptors participated in a drill on Sunday in which they had to run wind sprints every time they missed a free throw.


Even the coaches got involved. Sam Mitchell, Alex English, Jay Triano, Mike Evans and Eric Hughes combined to hit nine of their 15 shots, meaning they had a lot of distance to cover.


How did they handle it?


"You see where Sam is sitting, don't you?," Chris Bosh said, pointing at the coach, slumped on a chair to the side of the practice court. "He hasn't moved."


Mitchell said he was hurting after the sprints. "I can get over my feelings a lot better than picking up my body," he said.


Bosh added the drill will likely not become routine. "They can only do that once a year. Today was that day. So they're done."
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that sunshine girl is the definition of a "butter face".

everything but her face.
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