• I tweeted this link yesterday, but skip to the 3:30 mark of this video when a reporter asks Jay Triano if Andrea Bargnani’s help defense has improved since last season. Jay says “No” and looks away with a look of disgust. Ruh-roh! (raptors.com)
  • Probably as a direct result of Jose Calderon’s pathetic performance on Wednesday against the Bulls (0-for-6, zero points in 25 minutes), Jarrett Jack will start at point guard for tonight’s final preseason game against the Knicks. (Toronto Star)
  • Here’s Doug Smith (predictably) coming to Calderon’s defense: “Now, I know there are all kinds of you who won’t agree, but when his game’s going, he’s an excellent point guard, a shooting threat from anywhere on the floor, he is still the best guy they have for running an offence effectively and, with the right rotations and help, he’s a good enough defender. Great? No. Good enough? Yes.” (Toronto Star)
  • Ed Davis is reportedly 10 days from being able to practice and isn’t expected to be able to appear in game action until another two weeks after that. (Toronto Sun)
  • There are some interesting new instant replay rules being instituted this season: refs can now use replay to decide on granting free throws or if a player should be called for a clear-path foul. (Toronto Sun)
  • David Stern wants to reduce player salaries by roughly one-third, which works out to around $750-800 million. Well… enjoy this season, folks! There might not be one in 2011-12. (theScore.com)