Today in Raptorland - 2/13/08
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With Mitchell forced to deal with real life in Georgia following the death of his father-in-law, Triano will serve in Mitchell's absence, a Canadian in charge -- albeit for one night -- of Canada's only NBA franchise.

Many will view tonight as some sort of watershed moment in the hoops history of this country, but typical of Triano is how he refuses to get caught up in any hoopla, real or perceived.
Ford's status unclear

Conspicuous by his absence at yesterday's practice was point guard T.J. Ford, who sprained his right wrist (shooting hand) in Monday's 93-88 loss to the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

Ford played fewer than nine minutes against the defending NBA champions and was not successful on any of his four shots from the field.

The team lists Ford as day to day, meaning his status for tonight will be determined at game time.
Shaq delays debut

O'Neal, who is learning a new offence and working his way into shape after a hip injury, likely will not play when the Suns visit the Golden State Warriors tonight. After returning from the Bay Area, the team will decide whether O'Neal will play against the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow night in Phoenix.

Bosh shows what he's made of

"I'm just trying to brand myself off the court," said Bosh. "I think right now when you think of me, you think of more of a basketball player and that's it. My life is a lot more than that. I'm just trying to show depth, I guess, or show people that I have different parts of me that they've never seen."

Triano takes his place in history in stride

The first Canadian to be a head coach in an NBA game took it just as the stereotype would suggest: Nothing to get too excited about, it's not about me, one game in 82.
“He's cool and collected,” Bosh said. “And he's an Xs and Os guy, so he'll have some plays for us.”

A one-way ticket from Moon to Mars

So can Jamario come up with something new? Can Moon reach the stars?

"Yep. At least one dunk, nobody's ever seen it before," promises teammate Joey Graham, a fine dunker himself. "I know one of his dunks defies the laws of gravity, and all that kind of good stuff. It's ridiculous. If he can pull it off, I mean -- I don't know too many people that could pull it off.
CB-4: NBA superstar, YouTube sensation

"I'm just trying to brand myself off the court," Bosh said. "I think right now when you think of me, you think of a basketball player, and that's it. My life is a lot more.

"From a marketing standpoint, it's very important."

Bosh says that in a perfect world, the slightly off-the-wall clips would lead companies to hand him some more high-profile endorsements.
Triano to (briefly) become first Canadian NBA head coach

As for the next frontier - a Canadian becoming a permanent head coach of an NBA team - Triano said there just needs to be a pioneer, not unlike Steve Nash re-creating the mold for Canadians.

If it counts for anything, Chris Bosh believes it is an inevitability.

"History will be made some day. Canadians just got to keep the hope alive."
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