Practice, practice, practice
Richard Lautens, Staff Photographer
I like shooting sports, of course I like to shoot just about anything. Sports has a certain excitement to it however. Physically it can be tiring due to the concentration and wielding the big honkin’ lenses but I definitely feed off of the energy.
Sometimes my varying schedule seems to just miss the games however. This past week in one shift I was assigned and then unassigned to cover the Raptors 3 times! I ended up babysitting a story at City Hall instead that didn’t even make the paper.
This week however I covered a Raptors practice and the game the next day. NBA rules only allow photographers to go into their practices after they are over (it sounds like federal Conservative policy to me). The doors opens, we pile in hoping that there are a few players throwing a few hoops-often it is quite quiet and a good picture can be quite rare.
I lucked out this time when a couple of players started hoofing around a ball like they were playing soccer. I was thrilled to be able to make a more interesting looking picture than yet another tight shot of Bosh making free throws.
The pictures didn’t run because immediately after practice they showed off their Huskies heritage uniforms-obviously more newsworthy. Perhaps next time.
Finally, here are a couple of pics from the game complete with the new/old uniform.
Richard Lautens/Toronto Star