Raps need Thomas type

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

The Kurt Thomas of old, but not an old Kurt Thomas, would be a nice complementary piece to the incomplete puzzle that is the Raptors.

With the veteran setting up shop in San Antonio following yesterday's trade from Seattle, the reigning champions acquired additional depth.

Though Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo enticed Thomas to Phoenix a few years ago, there seemed to be little, if any interest, from Toronto this time.

Thomas' best days, afterall, are behind -- in San Antonio he'll be an extra body to bang against a very tough Western Conference -- but it's precisely the type of player he once was that is required with these jump-shot happy Raptors.

Somone who can defend the post, protect the paint, provide some veteran presence, these are the elusive attributes missing from the Raptors.

It's seems unlikely the Raptors will be able to address this one issue on a team that could desperately use an athletic wing player before today's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

RAUTINS ON ROUNDBALL

Raptors broadcaster Leo Rautins believes Patrick Ewing is a sure-fire hall of famer.

Ewing, who serves as an assistant with the Orlando Magic, was nominated for Springfield this past weekend.

"People point to the fact that Patrick never won a championship (in the NBA), but he's well deserving of the nomination and he definitely belongs in the Hall of Fame,'' Rautins said.

Rautins banged elbows with Ewing during their days in the Big East.

"Patrick was unbelievable,'' Rautins said. "His athleticism, size and his tenacity, those were some of the qualities that made Patrick so good."

Rautins' son, Andy, is carrying on the collegiate torch at Syracuse, while Ewing's son, Patrick Jr., is following in his dad's footsteps at Georgetown.


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