There's another Graham

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

A lot of people did a double-take at the Raptors practice yesterday.

Working out alongside rookie forward Joey Graham was his twin brother, Stephen.

The two played together at Oklahoma State and Stephen is the spitting image of his older (by 10 minutes) bro.

Joey, who has been inserted as a starter by Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell, said growing up with a twin helped him develop as a basketball player and as a man.

"It made me more of a competitive person," he said. "We competed every day and it brought that aggressiveness and that fire out of me.

"Especially playing defence. We used to get in fights on the front yard, trying to battle and beat each other. So I just bring it over to the court."

Stephen Graham, a point guard, is heading to South Dakota of the CBA this season in the hopes of playing well enough to attract interest from NBA teams.

HO HUM, HERE'S VINCE

Former Raptors loafer turned New Jersey Nets try-hard guy, Vince Carter, returns to town to face his former team tonight and while Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell is worried about what Carter, Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson, etc, bring to the table, he's not terribly interested in the whole 'How the fans are going to react to Carter?' situation.

"You guys seem to be the only ones talking about it. We've more than moved on," Mitchell told the media. "They're just another team on our schedule. But they're a talented team."

Mitchell plans to counter Carter with Jalen Rose and Jefferson with rookie Joey Graham, who played well in Toronto's season-opening loss to the Washington Wizards.

"It's going to be a tough matchup for our guys because (both Carter and Jefferson) can shoot the ball from all over the court and they can put it on the floor," Mitchell said.

WILLIAMS NEWS

Eric Williams was a scratch because of sore knee in Wednesday's opener, but the veteran forward says he can play if Mitchell calls his number.


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