If Vince Carter were still in town, it is reasonable to suggest that the Raptors would be an even stronger contender for the NBA playoffs.
But current star Chris Bosh believes if that if Vin-sanity still ruled, his own development to an elite player may have been a little slower.
"I'd still do my part, but (Carter) would still be the main guy," Bosh said yesterday. "I'd have been the same player but would I have developed as fast as I have? Probably not, because I wouldn't be put in as many tough situations.
"I'd still be the same player, it just would have taken a longer time time to develop."
Though he was held to just 14 points by the Pistons on Saturday night, Bosh hit a milestone with his 100th career double-double. Bosh joins former Raptor Antonio Davis as the only two to reach that total in franchise history.
FORMER RAPTOR BENCHED
Former Raptor Mike James has been replaced by Timberwolves rookie Randy Foye and hasn't taken the demotion very well.
James, who signed a four-year deal worth $23.5 million U.S., didn't expect to be earning it on the bench.
"(Minnesota coach Randy Wittman) is the boss, so you've got no choice," James told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. "Whatever he says goes, so I can't worry about nothing I have no control over.
"I don't think that it was right, but that's his decision so that's what he went with."
Prior to dropping 15 games in a row to the Bulls, a streak the Raptors hope to put to rest at the United Center tonight, Toronto had a 16-game win streak over their Central Division opponent.
NO SLAMMIN' SAM
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said he's not one for blowing up at his players after a loss, especially after a game in which they battled tough.
"I'm pretty demanding enough," Mitchell said. "There are a lot of ways you can demand from people without screaming and yelling. You save that, pick and choose your moments."