A. Williams looking at return

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Veteran point guard Alvin Williams is a very happy man these days, and not just because his beloved Philadelphia Eagles are playing well.

After missing the entire 2004-05 season because of a knee injury, Williams said yesterday that he hopes to play in the Raptors' pre-season game against the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Williams, who took part in the team practice yesterday. "I'm just trying to take it day by day and hopefully everything works out."

Williams, 31, underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee on Nov.22 last year.

His ability to play this season would be a huge bonus for the Raptors, as the club only has one veteran NBA point guard at this point, Mike James. Spanish international star Jose Calderon is being pencilled in as the No.2.

INJURY WOES

Aside from Williams, the Raptors' injury situation is not improving. Rookie forward Joey Graham, who missed the Raptors' game on Friday in Manchester, N.H., against the Celtics because of left knee tendinitis, did not practice yesterday and is not expected to play this afternoon against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Eric Williams (sore right knee), Aaron Williams (sprained left ankle) and Pape Sow (strained groin) are not expected to play today either.

MACCABI VS. MEDIA

Maccabi Tel Aviv may not play in the NBA, but they seem to have a big-time attitude. A team official sent an ACC security guard up into the stands yesterday to remove some members of the Toronto media, who were waiting for the Raptors practice to end. The newshounds refused to budge.


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