Bosh gets east award

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

There's lots of attention for newest Raptor Jermaine O'Neal and plenty of praise for Jose Calderon, but when the NBA weekly honours were handed out yesterday it was the tried and true Chris Bosh who got the nod as player of the week in the Eastern Conference.

In three wins last week, Bosh lead the team averaging 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3.7 assists a night.

This is the fifth time Bosh has won the honour, having previously earned the award for the weeks of January 7-13, 2008, March 26 - April 1, 2007, January 30 - February 5, 2006 and January 3-9, 2005.

New Orleans point guard Chris Paul was given the Western Conference weekly award. He averaged 21.1 points a game and 12 assists for the week.

GETTING HEALTHY

Point guard Will Solomon returned to practice yesterday and looked good according to coach Sam Mitchell. He has missed the first three games of the season with a strained left hamstring.

In his absence, rookie Roko Ukic has been spelling Calderon.

Ukic has not hurt the team, but he has been having problems running the screen and roll, the bread and butter play of any NBA offence. Solomon, who spent the past five seasons playing in Europe, came into camp as the man expected to get the bulk of the minutes behind Calderon at the point.

NOT THIS TIME

Mitchell has been known, on occasion to hold court on the subject of his political leanings, but not yesterday, not on the eve of the U.S. election. Asked about his thoughts on the election, Mitchell responded, "This is the Toronto Raptors basketball club. This ain't CNN Election Day. I don't talk about my religious beliefs or my political beliefs. That's personal." At least it was yesterday."


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