Rookie forward Pape Sow, who has missed the past 33 games because of left knee tendinitis (the official reason) was activated yesterday, while forward Eric Williams was put on the injured list with a sprained right calf. Williams has missed the past three games and has averaged 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 18.5 minutes in 26 games with the Raptors. He is eligible to return to the active roster for the March 13 game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Sow has been on the injured list since Dec. 17, and has averaged 2.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 7.2 minutes in six games. The former Cal State Fullerton star was thrilled to be back in the lineup for last night's game in Memphis. His tendinitis is really not that bad. The Raptors have had to sit him because there was no room on the roster.
"That's what I've been waiting for for a long time," Sow said. "To finally get a chance, I just have to make the most of it."
A GOOD TOUR
A group of Raptors coaches and players toured the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis this week, which is located at the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968.
"It was a moving experience," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "Just to know that's where Dr. Martin Luther King spent his final few hours, where he laid dying on the concrete. It's just moving."
Interestingly, two of the three players who visited the site weren't American, Sow, a native of Senegal and Brazilian Rafael Araujo. Matt Bonner also attended.
"I learned a lot," Sow said of the experience. "I learned about Martin Luther King in school, but not enough. But yesterday, I saw a lot of new things."
AROUND THE RIM
Forward Donyell Marshall wore a face mask during shootaround yesterday to protect his nose which was broken on Feb. 13 against the L.A. Clippers.