Toronto native Jamaal Magloire has talked the talk before.
And now fans of the Canadian men's basketball team are hoping that he walks the walk.
Magloire has declined to represent his country at international events in the past, but head coach Leo Rautins, who also is a Raptors TV commentator, is hoping that he can convince Magloire to play at the 2008 Americas Olympic qualifying tournament this summer in Las Vegas. Based on Magloire's comments last night, that may be a possibility.
"I'd love to sit down and talk to Leo (about it)," Magloire said, after helping lead his Portland Trail Blazers to a 93-83 victory over the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. "I have a very good relationship with Leo. I like him a lot, I've always looked up to him. I've been talking to him a lot over the past few years."
The top two teams from this summer's event, which includes the powerhouse U.S. team, automatically qualifies for Beijing, with the next five moving on to a last-minute qualifying event just weeks before the Games. The top three from that event moves on.
WILD, WEIRD STUFF
The Raptors have been relatively healthy this season, at least in terms of illnesses.
And head coach Sam Mitchell believes some of that may be the result in the health supplements provided to the players by assistant trainer Rory Mullin. Mitchell is hoping that Mullin's magic helps Chris Bosh return quickly from a bone bruise in his left knee.
"Our resident witch doctor," Mitchell said of Mullin. "Rory gives you oregano for everything. When you got a cold, Rory gives you oregano. When you have a stomach ache, he gives you oregano. So we told Rory to go rub some oregano on (Bosh's knee). Maybe that will work."
Mitchell said he uses oregano in place of antibiotics, to get him through the rigours of a long season.
"I don't want to take any antibiotics," he said. "I'm saving it for that big epidemic. Because if you keep taking it, it's not going to work. I haven't any antibiotics for the past three years."
AROUND THE RIM
Students from four Toronto schools will join Raptors Anthony Parker and Darrick Martin at a screening of Charlotte's Web at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday at 2 p.m. Ex-Raptor Jerome Williams will be the emcee.