JYD back in the fold

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

Jerome Williams, one of the most popular players in Raptors history, has rejoined the organization as the team's new community representative.

Williams, known by Raptors fans as the Junk Yard Dog, will play an active role in Raptors community initiatives, particularly those that support at-risk youth and address social issues affecting Toronto.

"I'm excited to be back with the Raptors in a city that I love so much," Williams said. "I look forward to working in the community and making a difference in the lives of our city's youth."

GOOD WORDS FROM CHRIS

The Raptors front office is no doubt feeling good about the future these days in light of a recent report about Chris Bosh in the Sports Illustrated website (SI.com).

Bosh told SI.com writer Ian Thomsen that he is definitely leaning toward staying in Toronto for the rest of his career because he loves the city and because of the direction the Raptors are heading. Bosh even had praise for GM Rob Babcock.

"He's piecing the team together," Bosh told Thomsen. "We like one another, we get along, everybody works hard, and everybody's professional. When you have guys like that who come together, then eventually you know you're going to start winning."

EVERYONE LOVES CHRIS

He won't receive enough votes to be named to the starting team at next month's all-star game, but Bosh certainly is attracting a lot of positive attention around the NBA.

Bosh, who is averaging 22.5 points and 9.2 rebounds, recently was named the league's most improved player by SI.com writer Marty Burns, in his mid-season report.

AROUND THE RIM

The Raptors and Maple Leafs will partner with Goodwill for the third annual Winter Coat Drive. Donations of used winter coats, jackets, sweaters, winter shoes, boots and gloves will be accepted at the Air Canada Centre gates from fans attending the Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens on Jan.28 and the Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings on Jan.29. Jalen Rose is donating 125 coats.


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