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12/13/2011

Raptors picture day

Richard Lautens/Staff Photographer

Monday was the Toronto Raptors Media Day.  Media day is an opportunity to talk to all the players and coaches, shoot their picture and generally give some free ads to the franchise.

It was a bad start as all the media were hanging around the Air Canada Centre atrium but no players!  Waiting and gumbling ensued until an hour later the first few trickled in.  The other problem was that most of the new uniforms weren't in yet.  So unfortunately the official photos they were to take had many of them wearing sweatsuits instead of their jerseys.  Even in the big leagues there are always screw ups.

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Newcomer Aaron Gray gets photographed for a video game

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DeMar DeRozan is seen showing off his wingspan for a photo.

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Ed Davis (left) has a laugh with DeMar DeRozen.

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Raptor new head coach Dwane Casey is seen chatting with Jose Calderon as Calderon changes his shirt.

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Jose Calderon talks to the media.

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DeMar DeRozen is seen walking away after talking to the media.

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Jose Calderon stands on his mark as he talks to the media.

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Raptor new head coach Dwane Casey is seen with a large rock he has had installed at the exit of the Raptors dressing room.  The players are supposed to hit the rock on the way out as a motivational exercise.  Check out the video at http://www.thestar.com/videozone

Richard Lautens/The Toronto Star

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