A new team and fittingly a new locker-room. Well, not really new, just dressed up.
Immediately upon entering the Raptors' inner sanctum, and before you even get to the actual dressing room, the first thing you see is a tight, enlarged photo of the Raptors' hands coming together in a pre-game huddle that will be repeated every time they take the floor. It's one of those shots that catches the eye because it's a little different but it's the message it sends -- togetherness -- that is the real point.
On the opposite wall is the word Raptors spelled out with the initial letters in the words Respect, Accountable, Proud, Together We Shall Prevail, Organized, Responsible, Standards, all things the team is expecting their players to be.
Venture further in and more words to live by adorn yet another wall. This one reads: Do the right thing. Do it the right way. Do it that way all the time.
The room itself where the players lockers are remain unchanged -- other than the nine new name plates above those lockers. At least Rasho Nesterovic got his old locker back.
The back-to-back part of last night's return match with Philadelphia wasn't ideal as far as Jay Triano was concerned, but not having to prepare for a new opponent almost made it palatable. "We would have liked the chance to stop and drill things (yesterday), but at the same time we don't have to re-do a scouting report," Triano said.
Tomorrow -- Raptors at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (No TV, no radio)