• Assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo confirmed yesterday that Jose Calderon would open the season as the Raptors’ starting point guard. As the saying goes, it’s not who starts the game, it’s who finishes it, right? Unless, of course, both Jose and Jarrett Jack are on the floor togetherĀ  in the closing minutes — in which case I’ll probably go outside and slam my head in my car door. (Fan 590)
  • No big surprise that the Raptors released Ronald Dupree yesterday — I basically assumed he was practice fodder. (Toronto Sun)
  • Jay Triano wants DeMar DeRozan to get to the free throw line eight times per game this season. Six players averaged eight or more free throw attempts per game last season: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. (Toronto Star)
  • Sonny Weems thinks team chemistry is a lot better this season. Have you ever heard a player say in preseason that he thinks team chemistry is worse than before? (National Post)
  • Bill Simmons talks NBA season win total over/unders in a two-part B.S. Report podcast. Even though he thinks this team will stink and he thinks Ed Davis is on the Pistons, it’s still an entertaining listen. (ESPN.com)
  • Eye Weekly covers sports now? That’s news to me. Anyway, they have a Raptors preview, for whatever it’s worth. (Eye Weekly)