Williams just bitter

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Raptors forward Eric Williams has had a rocky relationship not only with the Toronto franchise, but with the Toronto media since his arrival as part of the Vince Carter trade in mid-December.

But at the FleetCenter in Boston last night, it was a virtual love-fest as Williams, an ex-Celtic, reminisced with the Boston media and Boston players prior to the Raptors-Celtics game.

"I'll use this as my little rest for later in life -- that's the way I see it," said Williams, who remains on the injured list with a right calf strain.

Williams has appeared in 26 games for the Raptors this season, including 16 starts. But his game quickly went south and after he was yanked from the starting lineup, he stated publicly that he wanted to be traded -- again.

"I've gone from playing 35 minutes a game (earlier this season with the New Jersey Nets) to nothing, plus I'm out of the country and away from my family," Williams said. "Of course, I'm going to be bitter (about the Carter trade). I know it's a business move that is out of my control. It just didn't make a lot of sense to me at the time."

BONNER-MANIA

Raptors rookie forward Matt Bonner, a native of Concord, N.H., had three busloads of fans on hand from his home state for the Raptors-Celtics game last night. According to Bonner, the number of supporters was slightly larger than the one that greeted him the first time the Raptors visited the Celtics this season, back in early December.

Bonner will be a free agent this summer, and while he's sure to attract some interest on the open market, Raptors coach Sam Mitchell stopped short of predicting a mad scramble for the big redhead's services.

"Who says there's going to be a bidding war?" Mitchell said. "I don't know what's going to happen. If someone throws an obscene amount of money on the table, I'm pretty sure you can get anyone.

"But we like Matt. He works hard and tries to do what we ask him to do. It's my anticipation that we'll do what we have to do to keep him."


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