Triano to change Raps approach

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

WASHINGTON — The Raptors day began with a closed door meeting and consideration of a lineup shuffle.

By game time though, after an afternoon of contemplation, Raptors head coach Jay Triano opted for the status quo with the starting lineup.

Triano, who said he was thinking about as many as three changes in the starting lineup in the morning, opted to stay the course.

“The fact that they have been very good in the beginning of games,” Triano said when asked what led to that decision. “Even in Atlanta the other night I think it was a one-point game when we went to the bench. They play well together. Those are our guys and we’re going to run with them.”

Triano though did say the Raptors approach would change but was not prepared to discuss just how before the game.

As for the morning meeting that delayed the team shootaround for about an hour, the players, coaches and management opted to keep the majority of what was said in house.

From the little that was said, it appears communication was the overiding theme.

“It was moreso not knowing how to relate to different guys,” Chris Bosh said. “Sometimes you are going to want to cut someone out if they don’t rotate but we weren’t really addressing the problem. Instead of calling someone out because they weren’t doing their job or playing hard we kind of just kept it quiet. I mean, the more quiet you are the easier it is to get divided. You can divide yourselves just by not saying anything.

"We can’t be afraid to challenge each other. It’s for the (betterment) of this team.”

Accountability was also a major part of the conversation.

“I think that if we are going to be successful everyone has to be accountable,” Triano said. “I wouldn’t say it was missing. I just don’t know if it was communicated properly. I think it comes down to we have nine new guys and basically guys are still trying to figure out who is who, how to talk to somebody, what buttons to push for some people and that goes coaches to players and players to coaches. I mean I know Chris Bosh and I know Andrea and Jose their whole NBA careers.

"Some of these other guys I met for the first time at training camp. We are starting to get an understanding of them for me and me for them and I think that is why we have to have meetings to talk about stuff.”

Triano said it was a coaches meeting called by him with him asking questions of players he needed answers from. Neither Bosh nor Hedo Turkoglu spoke during the meeting.

Antoine Wright, who has done his fair share of talking lately, came away from the meeting with a better feeling about the direction of the team.

“I think we learned a lot about each other today,” Wright said. “It was just a heartfelt conversation between men and I think it helped us far more than any practice would.”

GM Bryan Colangelo was also in the meeting and according to Wright put the Raptors biggest problem into it’s proper perspective.

“He expects each and every one of us to come and play with some passion and attitude,” Wright said of the Raps GM. “I think that’s the most important thing about it. Talent right now is not the question. It’s just bringing that attitude.

"I guess you could say it’s about time and we’ll see what happens from here, but I think you will find, win lose or draw, that there’s a different attitude.”


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