Bonner left out

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

Raptors forward Matt Bonner will have to take an unwanted rest during NBA all-star weekend.

The Red Rocket found out yesterday he did not make the nine-man rookie team for the rookie-sophomore challenge Feb. 18 in Denver. As expected, Chris Bosh will represent the Raptors that night as a member of the sophomore team.

NBA assistant coaches voted for the teams. It is believed Bonner (17.5 minutes, .551 field goal percentage, 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds) was edged out by Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (23.8, .493, 7.9, 5.5).

Bosh, who played for the rookie team last season, has recorded a team-best 16 double-doubles this season and is averaging 15 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds. Bosh is joined on a powerhouse sophomore team by the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony and the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James.

Bosh also may have a shot at playing in the all-star game Feb. 20 in Denver.

NO RESERVATIONS

Jalen Rose believes he is a starter in the NBA, but the Raptors forward/guard won't turn down the league's sixth-man award. Rose has thrived in a reserve role and could receive consideration for that award.

"That's the good news," Rose said. "Any award you win in the NBA when you're playing against the best players in the world is an honour. I'm just going to go out and play and help lead the team."

CALLING ALL BIG MEN

While reporters generally are not seven-footers, Raptors coach Sam Mitchell asked for some help yesterday after his team had no answer for huge Heat centre Shaquille O'Neal, who scored 33 points and added 18 rebounds, on Wednesday night.

"If you know somebody Shaquille O'Neal's size who can guard him one-on-one, I'll be happy to meet him ... Everybody is looking for a big guy to rebound. If you know of one, tip us off."


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