Bald not so beautiful

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Some of coach Sam Mitchell's suggestions for team bonding exercises appear to be falling on deaf ears.

At least the head-shaving part is.

In Mitchell's experience, the tighter a team is as a unit, the better success it has.

He recalled forgoing dinner dates with friends and family late in the season to spend more time with teammates during the Indiana Pacers' runs in 1994 and 1995.

He suggested the Pacers' decision to shave their heads was another sign of committing to one another.

He made these points with both Chris Bosh and T.J. Ford and while neither of the two could see anything wrong with dining with teammates and getting together more often on the road, both were quite firm that there was not going to be any head-shaving go on any time soon.

"I don't think anybody is going to shave their heads here," Bosh said. "Guys like Andrea (Bargnani), Rasho (Nesterovic), Jorge Garbajosa, Jose Calderon, I don't think they're really going to do that. And me too. Me especially."

Ford didn't sound any more enthusiastic.

"Nah, I don't know if I would do that," he said.

PARKER AIMS FOR SUNDAY

Anthony Parker, out of the lineup for the past five games with a sprained right ankle, hopes to make his return Sunday against the Seattle SuperSonics. He said while he's not yet up to speed, he should be 100% in a few days. His main concern is not trying to push things too quickly and encounter a setback.

"I want to make sure that it's nothing that is going to affect me down the line," Parker said. "When I'm back, I'm back to stay."

As for the team's recent slide, Parker felt there really has been only one game -- the loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at home last Friday -- where anyone could say the Raptors actually blew an opportunity.


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