Raptors fans heard all about the "Europeanization" of the team during the off-season, with multiple signings of players from overseas, but the new makeup of this year's team really hit home yesterday when the players made their way out to the practice floor in their new uniforms.
It certainly made an impression on long-time Raptor Morris Peterson.
"I think I'm going to go back to (his hometown of Flint) Michigan and be a little more bilingual," he said. "I've been learning my Spanish through Jose (Calderon) and I'm going to try to pick Andrea (Bargnani's) brain and try to pick up some of his words and go back home and make people think I know four or five different languages."
The Raptors have five European-born players on their 15-man roster. The bulk of them -- including first pick overall Bargnani, Calderon, Jorge Garbajosa -- have been in town since the first week of September, working out and getting acclimatized to the city.
Raptors FanFest returns Oct. 22, an interactive open practice. Coach Sam Mitchell and players will demonstrate various interactive drills that typically take place during practices. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and admission is free.
TV SKED RELEASED
For the first time in team history, all 82 regular-season Raptors games will be televised nationally, the team announced yesterday. Twenty-five games will run exclusively on Raptors NBA TV, including a pre-season game Oct. 22 against Cleveland. The Score will air 30 games, including the regular-season opener Nov. 1 at New Jersey, while TSN will televise 20 games. Rogers Sportsnet will carry eight games nationally.