Davis campaigned for Sam

MIKE KOREEN

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

If Antonio Davis is true to his word, he shouldn't have second thoughts about returning to the Raptors.

The newly acquired Raptors centre, who played for Toronto from 1999-2003, campaigned for Sam Mitchell to be hired as coach of the team back when Kevin O'Neill was hired in 2003. When Mitchell finally received the job in 2004, after Davis had departed, the veteran was quick to praise the decision of his old team and said the move was the start of big things for the organization.

"He's one of those guys who really understands basketball, how it's supposed to be played," Davis said at the time. "He has been coached by some great coaches. He has learned the game, he has taken his time to make that adjustment from player to coach, so I just believe he's standing on something solid and I don't know if Toronto's always had that. They've had Hall of Famers (Lenny Wilkens) and this and that, but Sam, I think, is going to be a go-getter who's going to create a product the fans are going to love and management's going to love."

HUDDLING UP

Interim general manager Wayne Embry brought most of his scouts to Toronto this week to discuss plans for the coming draft and the rest of the season. Included in the meetings were longtime staffers Bob Zuffelato, Jack McCloskey and Jim Kelly.

"I wanted to get caught up on the draft, talk to our team and just do our basketball work," Embry said. "It was very productive. I wanted them to feel very much a part of this. We've got some work ahead of us."

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