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FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

Ed Pinckney was a power forward during his distinguished NBA career, but last night he was front and centre on the ACC floor.

A member of the expansion Raptors and the team's first captain, Pinckney was holding court as the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves conducted their pre-game routine.

Pinckney joined Minnesota's coaching staff as an assistant this season after spending the past four years at Villanova, his alma mater, in a similar capacity.

One of the nicest players to ever don a Raptors' uniform, Pinckney took the first opening tap in club history back in 1995.

Though the years have elapsed, Pinckney fondly recalls the expansion season, the disparate characters he once played with, the growing pains associated with any first-year club and the basketball buzz created in Toronto.

Pinckney's name will always be linked to one of college basketball's greatest upsets when he led the Wildcats to the 1985 NCAA championship over Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas.

WHERE THERE'S A WILL

Actor Will Ferrell graced the Raptors' shootaround yesterday.

Ferrell is in town beating the drums for his coming flick, Semi-Pro, which will be released tomorrow. The movie, which has earned mixed reviews, is a basketball comedy that highlights the old ABA.

Ferrell met several club officials and was interviewed by Raptors' franchise player Chris Bosh for a piece that aired on RaptorsTV last night.

WHISTLE BLOWER

Last night's three-man officiating crew included Joe Forte, who teamed up with Hamilton businessman Ron Foxcroft to create the revolutionary whistle, Fox 40.

The pealess whistle is used by several sporting officials, including the NBA and NFL.


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