- Injury report: Jerryd Bayless (knee) did not travel with the team to Milwaukee. Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) did travel with the team, but will be a game-time decision for the contest against the Bucks on Tuesday night.
- Roster report: The Raptors signed Trey Johnson to his second 10-day contract of the season. This contract will keep him with the team through their last game before the All-Star Break. If the team would like to keep him after that second 10-day runs out, they will have to sign him for the rest of the season.
- Here’s Jay Triano on Trey:
“We like what he’s done for us so far. It’s an opportunity where we don’t have to teach somebody. He started to pick up some of our stuff offensively and defensively. It just makes the transition a little bit better, especially with Bayless being out.”
- The most exciting thing to come out of practice was the status on Reggie Evans. While he’s still at least a week away from playing (with Jay Triano saying yesterday that he could return “near” the All-Star break), today we saw Reggie working on the court with an assistant coach, getting up shots, layups and everything in between, looking agile, quick and very trim.
- Reggie looks as lean as he did when the season started, a real testament to the focus he has put into his diet and cardio sessions while he’s been sidelined.
- Because he was shooting around and getting some work in, we were able to talk to him and all relished in the quotes that he gave us. While this is a team full of nice young men, juicy quotes have been few and far between while Reggie’s been out.
- While Reggie said he hopes to be practicing with the team next week, he also told us even if he is cleared by doctors, he might not be with the team because his wife is due with their third child –their first son– on the 16th.
- Here’s Reggie on the baby getting close to arriving:
“He’s kinda ready to come out of there, stuff like that. He’s getting real aggressive. He’s being real aggressive right now…I think he’s trying to get out so he can watch me play. He’s probably getting bored inside of there.”
- Of course you want an update on how Reggie’s feeling and how it feels to be back out there getting work in, so here are the words straight from his mouth:
“Feels good just to get a sweat going. Look at your shirt and see a dark area. Kinda getting closer. Getting closer and closer to that time. Just still gotta get over one little hump, just one area I gotta get over. Once I get over that area, it’ll be good, but that one area is just taking a little time to heal and stuff.”
And on experiencing some of the “normal” pain Jay mentioned yesterday as part of the healing/rehab process:
“Actually today, I didn’t have that sharp pain today. I just had like the discomfort of that one area that still has to go down. So once that area goes down, then I’ll be ready to go. I just had a little discomfort and stuff. I’m still pushing, still pushing, still pushing, still going, you know, doing everything that I can do and I’m still getting workouts on the court which is a good thing.”
- On the flip-side, here’s what Triano had to say about Reggie and the extra work he was able to put in today:
“He’s slowly ramping things up a little bit. We have to wait and see how it responds.”
- It was surprising to see Reggie on the court today after it didn’t sound as though the team expected to have him back before the break when we spoke to Jay yesterday. Perhaps the time frame for his return will change if he responds to the added activity well and the discomfort in his foot continues to lessen despite the increased work load.
- Stop and picture this: Your grandfather calls and tells you that he spent a post-swim sauna in his condo complex chatting with Reggie Evans. It could happen, with Reggie telling us his evening workout finishes with him spending 30 minutes in the sauna, talking with “some of the old people there”. Reggie was sure to stress that he’s working out twice a day, in the morning at the training facility and then again in the evening at home. While he had some of his daughter’s Skittles this past weekend, he said the things he learned last season while he was out have helped him stay in shape despite being sidelined for the past two months.