It has to be sport for Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell. How else to explain the amount of time he spends poking fun at the members of the media that cover the team on a daily basis.
Yesterday the question that set him off was the standard: "Any changes to the lineup?"
Mitchell reacted like a member of his family had just been insulted and then quickly went on the offensive.
"We're 3-1 in our last four games," Mitchell said. "The last time I checked the best you can be is 4-0. Unless you guys have some ideas how you can get better than that, I'm open to suggestion."
Mitchell then asked for quiet and mocked the fact no one had a suggestion for him.
"Do you all hear that?" he asked. "I actually know something, that you all don't know.
"I have to savour this moment. What time is it? Six minutes to six on January 16 that I actually know something the media doesn't know. I'm amazed. I should just get on my mule and ride off into the sunset because I know something you all don't."
And no, it never gets old.
AROUND THE RIM
The Raptors will be making their annual visit to The Hospital for Sick Children on Monday. The entire roster along with the coaches will be on hand to spend time with the young patients ... Not sure if it was a New Year's resolution but Jamario Moon has become a much more efficient player. Moon leads all NBA rookies in efficiency (add points, rebounds, assists, steals and block; subtract field-goals attempts minus field-goals made; add free-throw attempts minus free-throws made; add turnovers) in January with a 16.3 rating. Before last night's game, Moon was averaging 10.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and two blocked shots a game. He is shooting 52% from the field for the month.