Rodman not coming to T.O.

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Raptors interim general manager Wayne Embry brushed aside reports yesterday that his team offered NBA legend Dennis Rodman a tryout.

Rodman, 44, is attempting to make a comeback and is looking for an NBA team to give him a chance. The Worm recently told the BBC, during a three-game stop in the British Basketball League, that Toronto and the Portland Trail Blazers offered him tryouts.

Embry, however, said yesterday that, as far he knows, nobody in the Raptors organization has any interest in bringing in the flamboyant Rodman to Toronto, even if they could use some of his rebounding skills.

"We're trying to bring in young players, not older players," Embry said. "We're on a youth movement."

Mitchell proud of his boys

The Raptors may not be a playoff contender, but coach Sam Mitchell seems to be very proud of his squad.

In the wake of a 98-96 loss against the awful New York Knicks Wednesday, many expected Mitchell to be in a surly mood when he addressed the media. But he was just the opposite, praising the Raptors for fighting back and giving a solid effort.

"It's hard for me to get mad at some of those guys because they give me everything they've got," Mitchell said. "What am I going to say? What can I ask more of Mo (Peterson) to do, what more can I ask of Mike (James), Chris (Bosh), AD (Antonio Davis) and some of these guys?"

After starting the year 1-15, the Raptors could have folded. But there has been peace in the dressing room, unlike last season, and the team (20-33) has a real shot to better last year's win total of 33. They are just one win behind the pace of last season's team.

Lofty goals

Chris Bosh is far from content just because he made the all-star game.

The Raptors star has a long way to go before he can make himself happy. He said last week that his next goal is to make the playoffs. Wednesday, he said he expects more from himself individually, as well.

"I have to keep raising the bar for myself and never be satisfied with what I have now," Bosh said.


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