Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson want to be the foundation for the Raptors next season. With the 2004-05 campaign all but lost, both players vowed to improve during the off-season in order to help solve the Raptors three-year post-season drought.
"I feel I have to have a big summer," Bosh said. "That means working hard every day and taking big steps forward, not just half steps. I don't want to come back and, say, improve my scoring average by one point, I want to improve it by at least three or four."
Peterson is looking to make strides in a different way.
"I want to work on being more of a leader," he said. "This will be my (sixth year) in Toronto and I want to see us turn this thing around."
Peterson said Friday's emotional loss to Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets took its toll on the Raptors.
"When I woke up and came to the gym, all I had to do was look at the guys' faces and I could tell it had been a long day," Peterson said.
Guard Rafer Alston yesterday received treatment for a bruise on his right elbow, an injury he picked up during the Raptors 101-90 loss to New Jersey. Despite the fact that Alston was seen leaving practice while clutching the elbow, team officials do expect Alston to play tonight against the Boston Celtics.
SOW WOWS 'EM
Lost in all the Vinsanity that engulfed the Air Canada Centre Friday were the flashes of excitement exhibited by rookie Pape Sow, who pumped in nine points including an electrifying first-half dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.
"Hey, I just had some fun," Sow said. "The only thing we have to do is play together and get used to each other."
Asked about his slam, he laughed.
"I've been waiting for one of those moments," he said.