- This season, the Raptors have bumped practice times to a bit later and, wow, does that extra hour make it seem like your day is over before you even get home to sit down and transcribe. It’s nice to have a later start, but I hate getting through transcribing and feeling like it’s time for dinner. Where did the afternoon go?!
- Today at practice we saw a lot of shooting. A lot of shooting.
- We also saw Ed Davis. Today was the first 5 on 0 practice for the rookie who is able to do anything that is non-contact. He spoke briefly with the media after practice –and after a long wait, because he stayed on the court for a long time with Alex English getting some extra work in– and it’s easy to see it was not easy for him to be in a suit for the home opener last night.
- DeMar DeRozan and Joey Dorsey had a spirited game of one-on-one at the end of practice today. It’s almost frightening to watch some of Dorsey’s ballhandling skills. It doesn’t seem right that a man with a frame that big can also handle the ball as well as he does.
- About the shooting drills: Solomon Alabi was hitting everything. Inside, outside, Jay Triano wasn’t kidding when he said he’s got an excellent shot. Another Alabi-fave? The fact that even when he makes a mistake or has to be corrected, he takes the information, then smiles, nods and is ready to go through the drill again. The enjoyment he gets from basketball is written all over his face.
- This exchange was funny today: Triano is reading fellow scribe Eric Koreen’s printed T-shirt. Triano looking quizzical, trying to see the last line, Koreen helps him out by saying, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Feel free to use it if you want.” If you are as confused as Triano was, the line comes from the television show Friday Night Lights.
- Leandro Barbosa was wearing a brace on his wrist and says he will be wearing it from now on and just needs to get used to it because it restricts his shooting motion a bit. He also said he doesn’t plan on having surgery right now and is excited about this new opportunity for him.
Okay, to the quotes we go:
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