Mo Pete, less meat

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

WATERLOO -- Mo Pipes is no more.

Mo Slim is the new way to describe Raptors swingman Morris Peterson, better known in these parts as Mo Pete.

The longest-serving Raptor, who had a career-best season last year, made a point of not trying to be a weightlifting champion this summer.

"I feel I'm in the best shape of my life right now," Peterson said.

"Plus, we're going to be winning more this year, so I had to slim down just a little bit and cut some of my body fat. It's looking good.

"(Assistant) coach (Jay) Triano got on me last year when I first got back he said my arms were too big so I couldn't shoot the ball like I wanted. I hope he's happy with it. I didn't get too big this summer."

WALKING WOUNDED

Guard Fred Jones and forward Uros Slokar limped off the court during the first day of training camp yesterday, but the injuries are not considered serious.

Jones jammed his big right toe, while Slokar hurt a knee after a collision with Jorge Garbajosa.

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Now that Mitchell knows where every player on his diverse team was born, he doesn't plan to keep harping on the international theme.

"Why does everybody got to break everything up to culture differences and stuff," Mitchell said. "We're a basketball team and they are basketball players. I don't see these guys as being from different parts of the world. They're basketball players. The world has shrunk.

"They speak English, probably better than you. I know their English is better than mine."


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