Heart tests scheduled for Jawai

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Nathan Jawai, the Raptor from Down Under, is a rather large spectator for the time being at Raptors camp.

A "bump" in one of the cardiac tests that was performed as part of the routine pre-season physical every NBA player goes through, has the team sufficiently worried that it shut him down until a second evaluation can be made.

"Let's get him to another specialist and get another opinion and if it's concern enough we'll hold him out of practice until we know more," GM Bryan Colangelo said yesterday.

Jawai had no indication he was dealing with any health issues until the results of his physical came back.

"I've played for four or five years now and I haven't dealt with it before," Jawai said. "I've had no problems with it and it just basically showed up. It's frustrating but I'm kind of handling it okay."

There's no history of heart probems in his family.

The Raptors, which already were lean going into camp with just 13 bodies, reacted quickly. The team brought in Jamal Sampson, 6-foot-11, 235 pounder who is a five-year NBA veteran and has spent time with Denver, Sacramento, Charlotte, the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee. He posted career-best totals of 3.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 23 games for Charlotte in the 2004-05 season.

Sampson was on hand for the Raptors first practice yesterday at Carleton University where they will train through Saturday.

Unless Sampson begins the season with the Raptors, he will have no impact on their luxury tax. The clock doesn't start on salaries until Nov. 1.


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