Raps stars get company

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

The Raptors will send two players to the all-star game festivities later this week -- first-time all-star Chris Bosh and Charlie Villanueva, who will play in the Rookie-Sophomore game on Friday night.

But as it turns out, Bosh and Villanueva will not be the only Raptors in Texas for the all-star break.

Matt Bonner will be attending meetings in Houston during the break as the team's NBA Players' Association representative.

Guard Jose Calderon will be doing commentary from the game for the Spanish TV network Canal Plus.

Veteran guard Mike James will travel to Houston as his family lives there (James was traded to Toronto from the Houston Rockets for Rafer Alston just prior to the start of this season). James will "keep an eye" on his two young teammates during the week.

Morris Peterson, who played in the Rookie Challenge game in 2001, plans to take his father, Morris Sr., down to the game.

"I'll get my rest and still work out a bit down there," Peterson said.

The rest of the team will split up to various destinations.

ALEX ONE OF THE GREATS

With 60 years of the NBA going into the books this season, the American TV network TNT is biting off the NBA's "50 at 50" celebration of the greatest 50 basketball players from the 1997 all-star game. As part of its all-star weekend coverage, TNT will unveil an unofficial Next 10 picked by its staff on Saturday.

The list can include active players and ones who were snubbed last decade, including Raptors assistant coach Alex English, who is a member of the NBA Hall-of-Fame and is the league's 11th leading career scorer, with 25,613 points.

Other finalists for consideration include Canadian guard Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Allen Iverson.

AROUND THE RIM

Bonner has been watching quite a bit of the Winter Olympics on TV. Not that he is a huge fan of luge and freestyle skiing, but the Concord, N.H., native only gets one channel at his downtown apartment, CBC.


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