Coach okay with busy sked

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

Chris Bosh will be a very busy man during the next three summers because of his commitment to the US national team.

Bosh has been named to the roster for this summer's world basketball championships in Japan, and likely will play at the Olympic qualifying tournament in the summer of 2007 and at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

But despite the fact that he'll be very busy and probably somewhat fatigued during the next three Raptors training camps, Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell does not have a problem with Bosh's commitment to the American team.

"I can understand (why some coaches would be concerned), but you know he's going to be playing, and he'll be playing against all the great players every day," he said. "And it can only help him and make him better."

ROOKIES HELPING OUT

Raptors rookies Charlie Villanueva and Joey Graham will play host to 20 children from the National Alopecia Areata Foundation at a basketball clinic at the NBA Store on Fifth Ave. in New York City tomorrow. Villanueva is the national spokesperson for the foundation and suffers from the skin disease. Alopecia areata is a highly unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by a person's own immune system, resulting in the arrest of the hair growth. Villanueva has met with many victims of the disease during the Raptors' visits around the NBA.

AROUND THE RIM

The Raptors reportedly have refused to buy out the contract of forward Eric Williams. According to the New York Post, the New York Knicks were hoping to acquire New Jersey native to give the team some depth ... Toronto ranks fourth in the NBA in free-throw percentage (78%), and is on pace for its highest mark in franchise history (77%), set last season ... The Raps are averaging 100.3 points per game (seventh in the NBA) and are on pace to set a franchise high in that category (the previous record was 99.7, set last season).


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