They're off and playing
The early dispatches, or A Lot Of What We Expected
The first glimpse we got of Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Bosh at Raptors camp today was them walking from the gym to get some treatment – much to the glee of the folks gathered in the hallway and at least a little to the dismay of the team.
Neither guy, as expected, did anything during a morning session split about equally between drills and scrimmages.
Bosh, with the hamstring, isn’t going to do anything all week; Turkoglu, with some fatigue and a sore knee, might get on the court later on.
Jay’s not ready to completely count him out:
Cuz, Jonny and Scott being strength and conditioning coach Francesco Cuzzolin, assistant strength and conditioning coach Jon Lee and trainer Scott McCullough. They’ll be big this week.
“He’s going to work with Cuzo and Jonny and Scott to make sure he rehabs his knee as well as gets to a point where he can be at 100 per cent. There’s no point beating him down in October after the summer he’s had.
“I don’t know if I can say the whole week but for the first part, he won’t practice.”
Okay, so what did they do?
A little bit of video work in a room at the hotel, an hour or so of drills and then a scrimmage.
The scrimmage was a bit of a surprise.
Teams are only allowed “contact” work once a day and some teams like to do drills and the like in the morning and then let the players go at each other at night. Jay figured they were rarin’ to go so he let them go.
“We decided, the energy level coming in here was real high and we knew that’d be the case. Guys have been out for a long time, they’re anxious. We did a lot of teaching but we did a lot of playing.”-
They are treating us like big timers this year at Carleton.
Instead of being curtained off in the hallway outside the gym, they’ve got us in a room upstairs that had coffee and donuts and good wireless access.
I apologize on behalf of all of us to the yoga students at Carleton, who probably didn’t know they’d be giving up their room the assembled media hordes.
Trust me, there will be no yoga done in there, we won’t ruin the karma.
Now, if we could just get the cab company better able to find our door instead of making a couple of us wait 40 minutes or so, we’d be all set.
Had a nice long chat with Marco Belinelli after practice – you’ll see the fruits of that labour in tomorrow’s paper and here early tomorrow morning – but suffice to say that he’s dang happy to be in Toronto instead of Golden State.
“It was tough for me before. I never played the first year, last year I was playing very good but there was an injury to my ankle so it was a so-so situation.
“But at the same time, I was practicing very hard to improve myself, to not lose my game. And I want to show it here.”
All right, that should get you through the afternoon, right?
Oh, and thanks a lot for all the suggestions for Ottawa; since I’ve only got a few nights (tonight, Thursday and Friday ‘cause Wednesday’s the annual Dinner With Bryan And The Henchmen) not sure I’ll get to ‘em all, but I’ll try.