Rafer looks back

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

Despite criticism from outsiders, Rafer Alston isn't about to change his game.

"On the court, I'm fine," said the Raptors starting point guard, who has a shoot-first, pass-second mentality at times.

"If you want to look at my numbers, I didn't shoot the lights out but I did bring my shooting percentage up four percentage points from the previous year in Miami. I did average a career-high in assists (6.4), I did keep my turnovers down, I played hard, I got you some points (14.2 per game). You take any GM, any coach, they'll take 14 points, 6 1/2 assists from anybody."

DIFFICULT

Alston took the third-most field goals on the team (974) this season.

Off the court, Alston acknowledged it was a difficult season. He threatened to quit the NBA, bolted from practice and engaged in a verbal sparring match with Jalen Rose.

"I think I should have been a psychology major," Alston said.

"Maybe I would have been able to deal with things a little better."

Alston was surprised to see so many off-court headlines.

"It was incredible," he said. "Personality-wise, it just didn't go well."

REFRESHING MATT

With all the trouble in Raptorland this season, Matt Bonner is quite refreshing.

The rookie forward, who is hoping to re-sign with the team, was asked what his strategy will be for contract negotiations.

"I'm not going to tell my agent to go get me the max deal," Bonner said.

"I can't demand $15 million US a year for seven years. Or maybe I could. But I might not pass the mental exam."

SHORT AND SWEET

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell was asked to describe the season in one word.

After a brief pause, he said "roller-coaster."

That sure sums it up.


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