Christmas wishes for the Raps

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

A Christmas wish list for the Raptors:

For Jose Calderon: A never-ending supply of energy to take him through the second half. Backups Will Solomon and Roko Ukic are not NBA-ready at this point and his absence on the court, even for short spurts, leaves the Raptors at a huge disadvantage.

For Jamario Moon: A cattle prod. Moon needs something to remind him that he is most valuable to this team when he is driving the basket. That and a healthy baby girl who is due any day now. The baby has already been named Taylin.

For Anthony Parker: A dose of whatever confidence-boosting elixir former Raptor T.J. Ford swears by.

For Jason Kapono: A little more quickness. It's unconscionable that a shooter as gifted as Kapono can't get more shots.

For Chris Bosh: Even thicker skin. As the face of the franchise, the expectations on Bosh grow with each step the team takes. And with those expectations comes criticism in volumes that no one else on the team has to deal with.

For Jermaine O'Neal: To remain injury free the remainder of the year so that he can prove the doubters wrong.

For Roko Ukic: A jump shot. The rookie point guard has worked too hard at overcoming this gaping hole in his game.

For Will Solomon: A time machine. So he can go back to last summer and re-think that decision to leave $2-million on the table to abandon the successful career he had built in Europe to return to the NBA.

For Kris Humphries: A small dose of humility in order to avoid taking those shots he has no business taking and understand his role as the energy man off the bench who can muscle opponents from under both baskets is just as important as any scoring he might contribute.

For Jake Voskuhl: More minutes. In short order the newest Raptor has impressed with his willingness to provide the physical style of play most of his teammates have never embraced.

For Joey Graham: To continue to build the confidence that has shown itself in December.

For Andrea Bargnani: A defined role that is not going to change in two days or two weeks or even two months. Three years into his NBA career and we still don't know how effective this guy can be. Part of the problem is his ever-changing role .

For Nathan Jawai: A conditioning program that will get him back in playing shape. Having been denied the chance to show what he can do by an unspecified heart problem, he deserves it.

For Hassan Adams: A new NBA address for next year. Limited garbage minutes is all he has got in Toronto with no change in sight.

For Jay Triano: More wins. It's his only shot at removing the interim tag and holding on to the job he has worked so hard for the better part of his adult life.


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