Radojevic returns

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

Former Raptor Aleks Radojevic played the past few seasons in Europe, but he said he never should have left North America.

"Europe is nice for the life and for going out, but for basketball, I never should have left here," said the 7-foot-3 centre, who has been stashed on the injured list by the Utah Jazz. "Europe was a nice experience for me, but I'm ready to be back here. Everything is more organized. At least people don't lie to you like they do in some of the European leagues."

Radojevic was selected 12th overall by the Raptors in the 1999 NBA draft, but he quickly developed back problems and played in only three games for Toronto. The native of Serbia and Montenegro was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2001, but he didn't stick there, either, and ultimately headed back overseas.

The Jazz could cut Radojevic at any time, but even if that happens sooner rather than later, he said he's committed to being an NBA player.

"My back is fine, I haven't had any problems since I left Denver," said the 28-year-old Radojevic, who still has some family in Toronto "I'm older now, I'm more experienced now. When I got to Toronto, I was immature. I've matured a lot in the last three or four years."

EVENING DRIVE

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell was particularly disappointed in his team's shot selection during its 108-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at Arco Arena.

"This team hasn't won in the past playing that way, and we can't do it now," Mitchell lamented.

"The disappointing thing to me is, against a (Sacramento) team without a shot-blocker, we didn't attack the basket. You're telling me that we can attack the basket against Portland (last Sunday), but we can't go to the basket against a team whose best shot-blocker (Greg Ostertag) is sitting on the bench?"

BACK-TO-BACK BASICS

The Raptors last night completed their first set of back-to-back games this season, and there are 16 more to come. Last season the Raptors went 9-7 in the first games of back-to-back situations, but were 4-12 on the tail end.


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