Don't put down Brown

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

The win over the New York Knicks yesterday represented the first victory Sam Mitchell has posted over his old coach Larry Brown.

The Raps beat the Detroit Pistons last year, but Brown was out with a bladder problem.

Mitchell, however, took exception to a Toronto reporter who suggested that he out-coached Brown yesterday by implementing the zone at key opportunities, etc.

"There's always one in the crowd," Mitchell said. "I just thought my team played well. I don't have to defend Larry Brown's record. It speaks for itself."

EVERYBODY LOVES STEVE

Phoenix Suns CEO and Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo, on the chances of getting Canadian Steve Nash to play for the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics: "I tried to annex Canada, but it didn't work," Colangelo said in the New York Daily News. "But I'm still working on it." Nash, of course, led Canada to a solid seventh-place finish at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but has suggested that his days or playing international ball are over.

POOR HOF

Poor Rafael Araujo can't catch a break from the Air Canada Centre fans. In the first quarter of yesterday's game, the 6-foot-11 Brazilian took a jump ball against New York's Nate Robinson, who is listed at 5-foot-9, but is considerably shorter. Anyway, the fans got on Araujo's case when Robinson outjumped him to give the Knicks possession.

"I might mess with Hof a little bit," Morris Peterson said after, with a laugh. "He left the locker room a little quick today. I'm going to have to get him on the plane (last night)."

AROUND THE RIM

On top of the fact that the Raptors won, fans at the ACC were thrilled to see Antonio Davis, who pouted his way out of Toronto two seasons ago, lay an egg in his less-than-stellar homecoming. In 14 minutes, he had two points and, amazingly, zero rebounds ... Knicks forward David Lee, who registered his third double-double yesterday, played with the Raptors' Matt Bonner in Florida. The two are close friends.


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