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Old 02-24-2009, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bosh admits the concept of playing a running game seems simple enough but actually it is anything but.

" Running is not easy. Everybody wants to know why don't you guys run. Why don't you do this? It's hard," Bosh said. "You have to really get yourself up and will yourself to do it. As we get better that's how we can really impose our will," he said.
Marion brings energy

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"He makes it easier because he gives us another guy who can handle it and either get us steals or quick rebounds and gets the ball in play," head coach Jay Triano said.

As Triano points out, Marion already is having a positive impact on his new team while still learning the defensive principals the Raptors follow.

"He's exactly what we remember from him when he was playing that run-and-gun style in Phoenix. He's up and down the floor, high energy. He rebounds. He tracks the ball."


Raptors hoping Bosh can run with new style

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More at home in a half-court offence, if Bosh doesn't buy into the transition and return to his first-half numbers, could the clock be counting down to his free agency after the 2010 season?

It would seem that pushing the ball up the floor, looking for fast-break points as the first option does not feed into Bosh's strengths. Coach Jay Triano disagrees with that easy perception of his star's future.

"I've talked to him a little bit more," Triano admitted. "It's been hard with him because he's been (injured). I told (Chris), `Run and play as hard as you can for as long as you can and I'll get a sub. But don't try and pace yourself to go 40 minutes because otherwise we'll be plodding. I thought what he did in New York and was much better on Sunday ... shorter minutes in shorter spurts. We keep asking him `How's your leg?' He says, `My leg is fine. My lungs are burning.' He'll get used to it."


Bargnani building on steady performances

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"We've asked him to rebound the ball better, he's done that," the coach said. "Mid-range game is there, outside shot is there. And he's shown an ability to take guys down on the low block. So I think we're just touching on how good he can be, but he's got all the pieces in mind."

Marion, who talks almost as fast as he moves on the court, said Bargnani's athleticism for a seven-footer catches a lot of opponents off-guard.

"He's just got to put it all together," Marion said. "He's just going to keep getting better. I think he's a work in hand and I think the more and more you keep playing him and the more and more everybody keeps helping him I think he could be a great player."


Calderon must shift his game into high gear

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The first step toward that would be to have Calderon unlearn his learned behaviour of protecting the ball at all costs.

"We have to convince him to do it," Triano said. "We have to convince Jose that it's OK to throw a lob pass and have it go out of bounds and be a turnover. Because now the defence is all coming back.

"If you're throwing the lob pass now, four guys are trying to retreat on Shawn Marion because they don't want to get dunked on, and [Jason Kapono] is going to be open for a three."
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I like Triano's comment, he's an open and honest coach who is doing a good job of rasing player issues, without ofending them or tossing them under the bus in the media.
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Good articles and nice SSG
Nice swim suit I wonder if she actually wears it to the beach?
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Good articles and nice SSG
Nice swim suit I wonder if she actually wears it to the beach?
why?
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I like Triano's comment, he's an open and honest coach who is doing a good job of rasing player issues, without ofending them or tossing them under the bus in the media.
You and I both know that its a good thing to have a nice coach, and also a bad thing to have a nice coach.

I think Jay is starting to get it. All these years of being a 2nd or 3rd guy, but now hes seeing it.
Sam wasnt an asshole, he turned into an asshoe, cause this team responded to that. But then all the players could see was an asshole, and they stopped responding.

Case:

Joey responds when Garbo goes out.

Joey stops responding and plays like shit the rest of the year.

Jay comes, Joey starts responding again.

A great coach needs to tailor his attitude.

Sam learned a bit, dealing with Alston and VC, but he didn't learn enough.
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joey, given opportunity on a lost season with no pressure, responds.

joey, working for his opportunity with pressure, doesn't respond.

joey still makes boneheaded moves, they're just less costly when we stop caring about the outcome.
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Good point Jacko. Joey responded to end the season after Garbo went down. And then in the playoffs he looked like he wanted to dig a hole to bury himself in.

He's a bench player.

And Sam stopped being an asshole this season. There's only so long you can play that card. He was looking for guys like Jose and JO to pick up some leadership.
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