Marbury, butt out

MIKE KOREEN and STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell does not care what Stephon Marbury thinks about his coaching style.

Mitchell didn't mince words yesterday when asked about the York Knicks guard, who said that the Raptors do not run many plays for Vince Carter following a win over Toronto on Saturday.

"I should not have to waste my time answering questions about what someone on another team that's struggling like we're struggling (said) about how we should play," said Mitchell, adding he considers Marbury a friend.

"It's not worth my time, my thought or my energy to even have to respond to that.

"When we beat (the Knicks) by 25 (on Wednesday), (what) did he say ... when we ran up and down the court and everybody scored? They beat us by six (Saturday) and all of a sudden (Marbury has an opinion)."

MEDIA BARON

In an effort to explain his willingness to plant starters on the bench when they are struggling, Mitchell compared his job to a news editor's gig.

"If you're not playing well, I don't think you should play," Mitchell said. "That's not rocket science. Is that something new?

"If you can't write a story on time for your deadline, you get in trouble. The problem is when we're doing theory work it's on TV in front of 20,000 people. Sometimes, they (editors) just put your story on the back page."

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and the Toronto Raptors will host the launch today of the Daily Bread Food Bank's Winter Harvest Food Drive.

The event will be held at the Bell Media Centre at the Air Canada Centre and will include Toronto fire chief William Stewart, The Raptor and Emily Chackowicz, a seven-year-old girl who will donate her birthday money to the Bank.

TRIPLE THEIR PLEASURE

Larry Hughes became the second player to post a triple-double against the Raptors this season.

Earlier, Chris Webber recorded the feat when the Raptors played the Kings in Sacramento.


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