Ultimate tweener aims to contribute

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

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The future of Marcus Banks as a Raptor is as clouded as his role on the team.

Banks admits he can get moved, but insists he's paying no attention to the gossip.

"If it's in the best interest of the Raptors organization to make a move, then that's what they've got to do,'' Banks said yesterday on media day.

"I'm not going to worry because it's out of my control. All I worry about is helping this team."

But how and in what capacity?

Banks might be the ultimate tweener, a guy who doesn't quite have the necessary handles nor the decision-making to play the point and neither does he have the consistent jumper to play shooting guard.

He's tough as nails and can defend smaller guards, but the 6-foot-2 Banks barely has played in the past three seasons.

He ended last season on the injured list following foot surgery.

"I'm completely healthy now and I'm ready to go,'' Banks said.

Zero hero

Marco Belinelli has gone where no other Raptor ever has ventured. The Italian sharpshooter has decided to wear jersey No. 0, a first for a franchise that is celebrating its 15th season in the NBA.

"The number means a new beginning, a new team, a new life,'' Belinelli, who was acquired in an off-season trade from the Golden State Warriors, said. "When I was asked by Toronto to pick a number, I told them I wanted 0."

Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas also sports the No. 0 and is known as Agent Zero.

Sonny disposition

Sonny Weems went from the Denver Nuggets to the Milwaukee Bucks and then the Raps within the blink of an eye.

"When I was told I was a Raptor, I was in shock,'' the athletic wing said. "It just killed me and it took about two weeks for me to get over it. I'm here now and I'm ready to prove to people that I belong."

Weems will wear No. 24 in honour of his sister, Beonka.

"It's always been her number and she's always wanted me to wear it,'' Weems said.

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