Dealing with rumours

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Jermaine O'Neal's name is getting mentioned more than any other Raptor as the rumour mill heats up in advance of the NBA trade deadline next month. O'Neal, whose contract pays him $21.4-million this year and more than $23-million next year is well aware of this and knows how to deal with it.

"I don't worry about that," he said. "I deal with what I have to deal with.

"The key thing for me is just to stay healthy because when I get my feet under me I am extremely hard to stop. I can really change the dynamic of the game at both ends of the floor in a major way. I was really starting to get that feel right before the Golden State game."

But if a trade did come up, O'Neal said he would not have any bitter feelings toward the organization.

"If it ever came down to the situation where the team had to move me, I would support it," he said. "I'm having a great time with the organization. Obviously we haven't won the games that we want to win. Hopefully that picks up, but I'll support whatever situation comes up."

History in the making

Andrea Bargnani is on some kind of roll, but who knew it was an NBA history-making one?

Bargnani has hit for two or more three-point field goals in nine consecutive games. That ties the longest streak of its kind in NBA history for a starting centre according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Utah's Mehmet Okur had at least a pair of treys in nine consecutive games last season for the Jazz.

Putting in the time

Chris Bosh said his missed game-tying shot on Wednesday against the Bulls was something he would have to learn from.

Yesterday following practice, he had basketball development consultant Eric Hughes all but mugging him as he practised drive after drive to the basket.


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