Friends turn foes

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For six years, Jay Triano and Lionel Hollins were with the Vancouver Grizzlies as broadcaster and assistant coach, respectively.

Last night, they opposed each other as head coaches, pressed into service when their bosses were fired and both trying to salvage something from the season. But Hollins' team starts two and sometimes three rookies.

"He has got some great athletic, young players," Triano said. "They've responded well, when you look at the last couple of games, since he has put in some of his offensive sets.

"A lot of the stuff he has brought in was Scott Skiles' stuff in Milwaukee (where Hollins was an assistant coach). We've played (the Bucks) a couple of times, so hopefully we're more prepared.

"We're good friends ... you build a pretty good relationship with some guys. But at this point of my young (head) coaching career and his, we're not where we've figured each other out yet.

"It's tough when you don't have practices and you're trying to implement things. Different players will have had different relationships with the old coach and the new coach. With Lionel coming in from a completely different team, it's a totally new slate."

ONCE A DINO...

Morris Peterson, who played in Toronto between 2000-07, greeted the Raptors on Friday in New Orleans where he's on the Hornets' inactive list with a foot injury. He stopped by the visitors' locker room after the game to meet with players and staff while sporting a haircut he dubbed the "Mo-Hawk."

Yesterday, the Raptors arrived in Memphis to find their old head coach Kevin O'Neill has been moved from assistant coach to assistant to the president and that the Grizzlies just hired the Raptors first young star, Damon Stoudamire, to be their workout coach.


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