He's slimmer and appears to be quicker around the basket.
As good as Nathan Jawai looked yesterday when reporters were granted access to the Raptors' practice facility, the affable Aussie isn't sure when he'll be back on an NBA court.
"My goal is to get into a game,'' Jawai said. "The ultimate goal is to be ready for next year."
Jawai no longer has to worry about a heart condition that curtailed his rookie development. He returned to Toronto following a stint in the D-League to consult with doctors, a scheduled appointment that prevented Jawai from practising with his teammates yesterday.
The D-League is a guard-oriented training ground that routinely overlooks post players. But at least Jawai got to bang elbows in the paint as a member of the Idaho Stampede, lose some excess fat and improve his overall conditioning.
He has no clue if he'll be re-assigned to the D-League or be asked to stay with the Raptors for the rest of the season.
Kris Humphries hasn't played since Jan. 18, when he fractured his right fibula in the fourth quarter against Phoenix.
He may not play again this season, but there was an encouraging sign yesterday when he arrived at the Air Canada Centre after consulting with doctors.
"I didn't see any crutches, which is a good sign," interim head coach Jay Triano said.
Centre of attention
Triano went with veteran Jake Voskuhl on Sunday against the Clippers when Andrea Bargnani was sidelined because of a heel injury.
Triano isn't sure how his team will begin tomorrow night's game against Milwaukee, but he isn't ruling out Bargnani.