A new episode for Joey

MIKE GANTER and MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Rookie forward Joey Graham has a big couple of days planned.

There's that business about getting his NBA career kick started tomorrow in the Raptors home opener but even before that there was the anticipation of seeing his twin brother again.

Both Joey and Stephen Graham spent the past two seasons together at Oklahoma State. But for the past month and a half the two have been separated, Joey with the Raptors and Stephen, until recently, in San Antonio at the Spurs camp.

Unlike Joey, Stephen was not taken in the draft and as is often the case when nothing is invested in a player, the Spurs waived him.

"I think he's going to play in the CBA," Joey said of his brother. "But I can't wait to see him."

Stephen is one of six family members who are making the trek to Toronto to tomorrow's opener.

As for the game itself, Joey has high expectations.

"(It) will be the first day it really hits me that I have made it to the NBA," he said.

While happy with his progress through the pre-season, Graham says his older teammates have warned him to expect a different game than what he saw in the pre-season.

"They've told me these pre-season games are just a joke," Graham said. "The real deal is coming up (tomorrow)."

Graham said veterans, particularly Jalen Rose, Mo Peterson and Mike James took him under their collective wings and helped make his adjustment from college to pros easier.

"They're constantly teaching me every day," Graham said. "The game is 80% mental and that's one of the things these vets are definitely trying to teach me."

NEW SEASON, NEW LOOK

Toronto never has had the same starting lineup for two season openers in a row and that streak will hold true tomorrow. 2004 opening day starters Vince Carter and Rafer Alston are gone. Loren Woods, Jalen Rose and Chris Bosh likely will return to their same spots, joined by Mike James and Joey Graham.


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