The dream of coaching in the NBA is not exactly unfolding the way Jay Triano thought. The Raptors are 11-25 on his watch, but the league's first Canadian head coach says he's not doubting his men or his methods.
"Do I want to win? More than anybody," Triano said after Saturday's 78-70 loss to Memphis.
"What can I do? I prepare the team the best I can every single time out, try to help them and encourage them to try to make shots. None of us can go out there and shoot the ball for them."
The NBA all-star break begins Thursday.
"Any kind of break would be good with the schedule we've had, but we have two more (against Minnesota and San Antonio) and we have to be prepared for them," Triano said.
Chris Bosh, who hadn't missed a game this season until spraining his right knee two games ago, is finding life on the sidelines excruciating.
Wearing street clothes, the captain has to get used to staying on the outside of team scrums when the players gather at timeouts.
He paces like a caged tiger, giving encouragement when he can.
"You want to play and do what you're used to doing," Bosh said.
"It's like going to work and not doing anything.
"It's something I have to get used to, but I have to be smart and make sure I heal properly so that when I get back out there, I can stay out there."
He is getting a kick out of watching some of the in-house entertainment that he normally ignores in the heat of a game. He had a good chuckle on Friday when the New Orleans Hornets mascot was put into a giant slingshot and tried to knock down a phalanx of garbage cans with Raptors logos.