Raps brush off GM talk

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Responding to a report stating the Raptors have been granted permission to interview Phoenix Suns president/general manager Bryan Colangelo for their vacant general manager post, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. president Richard Peddie said the search is not yet underway.

"We have not started the search process," Peddie said. "Having Wayne (Embry as the interim general manager) gives us the luxury of time."

Colangelo is the reigning NBA executive of the year. Embry, who has been praised for the Jalen Rose trade, has said he is not interested in the job full time.

ALVIN KEEPS WORKING

While Raptors coach Sam Mitchell continues to insist Alvin Williams will not play this season, the veteran point guard will not give up.

Williams, who has a chronically sore right knee and has had six surgeries, scrimmaged for 10 minutes yesterday and was pleased with the results.

"Right now it's coming slowly but surely," said Williams, who remains convinced he will play again this season.

"If it wasn't realistic, I wouldn't even give it a chance ... In a couple of weeks, if there are no crazy setbacks, I know I'll be able to play."

THE WAIT IS ON

Chris Bosh, named Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday, is eagerly anticipating the release of a more important piece of news tomorrow -- the names of the all-star reserves.

"I hope (the player-of-the-week award) is good timing," Bosh said yesterday. "Maybe it's a sign, maybe not. It's going to be a long two days."

BRIEFLY

Philadelphia 76ers centre/Haiti native Samuel Dalembert, who is eligible to play for Canada at the Olympic qualification tournament next year because his mother is a Canadian citizen, has pondered the possibility of suiting up for this country. But unless Steve Nash returns, a real long shot, Dalembert might not be too interested.

"If Steve Nash decides to play, it is something to consider," Dalembert told the Philadelphia Inquirer.


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