Rose defends Moss

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

Maybe Jalen Rose will pretend to moon the crowd after a big shot on the road one day.

Okay, Rose hasn't said he has any plans to make that kind of move. But the Raptors guard had no problem with Randy Moss' mock-mooning touchdown celebration in the Minnesota Vikings' NFL wild-card win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

"I think people are taking it like he actually pulled down his pants but he actually didn't," Rose said.

"I don't mind guys getting in the end zone and celebrating because for those who can't play football like myself included, it's hard to get the pay dirt ... Once you get there, there is no telling what you might do ... I always used to joke somebody might pull down their pants literally. He didn't do it, literally, but people are taking it as though he did and unfortunately to me, some media outlets are acting like they don't want to play. It's sports, it comes with the game."

WOODS IS SAFE

Centre Loren Woods, who did not play in four of the Raptors' past six games, did not become a cost-cutting victim yesterday, when non-guaranteed contracts became guaranteed for the remainder of the season.

There was some thought the Raptors might release Woods, who signed a non-guaranteed contract at the beginning of the season. But Woods will be back at practice today, hoping to become part of coach Sam Mitchell's rotation again.

BACK IN ACTION

Forward Aaron Williams, who has not dressed for the past four games because of a sprained left ankle, practised yesterday.

BLOCK PARTY

The top shot blocker on the Raptors hasn't stepped foot in Toronto this season. Injured list star Alonzo Mourning has 41 blocks this season, three more than the second-best Raptor, Chris Bosh.


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