Unhappy camper

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

An all-out mutiny appears to be brewing inside the Raptors locker room as the team threatens to self-destruct.

Minutes after a defiant Rafer Alston insisted last night that he did nothing wrong in Cleveland to warrant being banished from the game on Tuesday, forward Eric Williams, the key acquisition in the Vince Carter trade, said that he is unhappy in Toronto and has to re-evaluate his place on the team.

"I don't feel like I'm part of the team. Therefore I have to ask myself, what the hell am I doing here?" Williams said, prior to Toronto's 110-107 loss to Milwaukee last night.

That's a fair question. After being hailed as a key part of the Dec.17 deal with New Jersey that sent Carter to the Nets for three players and two draft picks, Williams' minutes in the past few weeks have dwindled to almost nothing. He has not started since Jan. 26 and has rarely left the bench recently, including last night, although coach Sam Mitchell said that he wanted to bring Williams in the game in the first half but the forward was in the locker room because of health reasons. Williams had a tooth replaced and did return later and wasn't impressed with the coach's explanation.

"What about the rest of the game?" he said. "I guess he didn't want to put me in."

When Williams arrived in Toronto a few days after the trade, he talked about how difficult it would be leaving his young son Raquiesh behind in New Jersey to be raised by other family members, but expressed hope that it would all be worth it if he was able to help turn the Raptors around. Now, for whatever reason, he has been buried on the bench. He denied rumours that his diminishing playing time is the result of an undisclosed injury.

"If I ain't playing here ... then I'm wasting my time," Williams said. "I'm just trying to come to work and be mentally prepared. Right now, I'm not mentally prepared. I don't know what's going on. Nobody talked to me. No one said anything."

As for Alston, the starting point guard said yesterday that not only did he do nothing wrong in Cleveland, somebody in the organization owes him an apology.

Alston did not return to the bench in the second half in Toronto's 104-91 loss to the Cavaliers. There were rumours that he and Mitchell engaged in a physical confrontation at the half, something Mitchell has denied.

"(The banishment) had nothing to do with me," said Alston, who was suspended for two games (Jan.30-Feb.2) after he walked out on a practice. "I did absolutely nothing (wrong). If I did, I wouldn't be playing (last night)."


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