Bonner says he's gonna walk

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

ST. CATHARINES -- Matt Bonner is sticking to his two favourite modes of transportation -- walking and the Red Rocket.

The red-headed, second-year Raptors forward, given the nickname the Red Rocket last season, said he has no plans to buy a car despite becoming a millionaire when he signed a two-year deal with the club this summer.

"I'd be selling out if I got a car," said Bonner, who will continue walking 15 minutes to the Air Canada Centre from his apartment. "Even if I got a car, I wouldn't really use it. I'm going to stick to walking and if I have to get around somewhere outside the walking radius, (he'll use the TTC).

"(A car) seems like a waste, not just money-wise but to the environment. I'd feel too lazy if I couldn't walk."

And Bonner said he plans to expand his horizons this year. He purchased a Maple Leafs hat recently and plans to attend several Leafs games this year in an attempt to get into hockey. He didn't follow hockey as a youngster in New Hampshire.

SAY WHAT?

Apparently, Houston Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson didn't read the recent reviews of point guard Rafer Alston before shipping fellow point guard Mike James to Toronto to acquire Alston Tuesday.

"Rafer is more of a traditional point (guard) in that he passes first, shoots second," Dawson said.

Whatever you say.

ONE AND DONE

The Raptors are running one longer practice per day (about 31/2 hours) in training camp, as opposed to the usual two-a-days, and at least one veteran is enjoying the routine.

"I like it," point guard Robert Pack said. "The fact we are able to go home and get a long day of rest and relaxation has been good."


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