There are positives

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

The Raptors contend that, although the situation is grim with a 10-21 record, the future looks bright. "The thing I'm more excited about with our team is our young guys," rookie coach Sam Mitchell said.

"We got a chance to see Pape (Sow) play a little bit, that gives you hope. You see Matt Bonner's development. You see Hoff (Rafael Araujo) play liked he played (in Los Angeles on Tuesday) with that attention to detail. And the thing about our young guys is that they really want to play.

"And I think Rafer (Alston) and some of our veteran guys enjoy playing with the young guys because they know they'll play hard," he added.

Speaking of young players, Mitchell would like to see sophomore power forward Chris Bosh concentrate on rebounding a little more -- to the point where he consistently is recording 10-rebound nights.

"We don't have a guy (that) you know you can pencil in 12 rebounds -- on his worse night he's going to get 10-12 rebounds," Mitchell said, adding that the Raptors are a team of perimeter shooters and do not have enough rebounders and defensive specialists.

"The problem with our team is we're pretty good at a lot of things, but we need a couple of people who are great at one thing. And that right there will make us a better team," he said.

"We don't have a guy in the top-30 in rebounding.

"That tells you something right there. We don't have a guy who thinks rebounds.

"Normally, those guys who eat the glass are pretty good defensive players also. We don't have that."

A BUDDING ROSE

Jalen Rose had a running commentary going on Wednesday night with the fans at The Arena in Oakland, including numerous howls after he scored some points.

"I love it," he said of the interplay with the fans. "I embrace being a villain, being an underdog, and lot of times it deflects the attention off the other guys. I don't mind being the main guy taking on the heckling."


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