Raptors in Winnipeg

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

The Raptors will continue their colourful and glitch-laden history of neutral-site pre-season games in Canadian locales next fall, when they take their travelling road show back to Winnipeg.

The Raptors will play the Portland Trail Blazers at the MTS Centre on Monday, Oct. 24. Ticket information and the complete Raptors pre-season schedule will be released later, although the Winnipeg game surely will be part of a multi-game trip for the Raptors.

Back during their first pre-season, the Raptors defeated the Vancouver Grizzlies 98-77 at Winnipeg Arena on Oct. 21, 1995. That was the first Naismith Cup game, for those of you who remember such things.

The Raptors played a pre-season game against the Philadelphia 76ers in London, Ont., last fall. The year before that, a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in St. John's, Nfld., had to be cancelled just prior to tipoff due to condensation on the court.

Past Raptors trips to places like Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon have featured such delights as slick floors, uneven baskets and in-arena scoreboards that continued to carry out-of-town hockey scores rather than the score of the basketball game being played.

AFRICAN VACATION

Raptors forward Chris Bosh is on the list of NBA players slated to visit Africa next fall as part of the Basketball Without Borders program. However, Bosh was a little taken aback yesterday when told his name had been included in a press release.

"Well, let's just say I'm pencilled in," Bosh said.

Basketball Without Borders is an international basketball and community relations outreach program that is expanding to four continents and will be staged in China Bosh has been "pencilled in" to visit Johannesburg Sept 7-12.

PUNISH THE GUILTY

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell ran into injured New York Knicks guard Allan Houston outside the visitors' locker room at Madison Square Garden last night. "How's that knee feeling?" Mitchell asked. "You have to get back, because I miss watching you play. Why can't any of the bad guys get hurt?"


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