Triano brings in shooting coach

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Dave Hopla has little to no problem getting the attention of NBA shooters when he arrives for a shooting clinic.

He just starts shooting and when it takes him forever to miss, he has his audience captured.

The Raptors -- well three of them anyway -- have seen this show before when Hopla was part of Sam Mitchell's staff.

Invited back yesterday by Jay Triano for a three-day clinic, Hopla laced up the sneakers one more time and reeled off 141 in a row before one of his shots failed to drop.

Then he went to work correcting tiny flaws in form or bigger flaws depending on the shooter.

"Dave and I are friends from when he was here a few years ago and I thought he helped the team," Triano said. "He's no longer affiliated with any NBA team and he's out doing clinics so we found three days that fit our window and three days that fit his window and brought him up to work with some of our players on the technique of shooting."

Hopla doesn't necessarily teach a guy to shoot any different than he would be taught by any of the Raptors coaches, but being a different voice and having the kind of track record he has in the league and with this club in particular, bringing him in for a few days was a no brainer according to Triano.

Reggie vs. Anatoine

Reggie Evans and Antoine Wright both believe in the advantages of playing a tough, physical style of basketball but go about it in two different manners.

" I would think Reggie is kind of a wild card," Triano said. "People don't know what to expect. I think that keeps people on their toes, including our players. Antoine is more within the team concept of what we are trying to do and just finds a way to get it done."

Conditioning central

On most practice days, the Raptors can expect a 11/2-2 hour practice depending on what went on the day before. Yesterday's practice extended to three hours -- although there was a shooting presentation by Hopla added in -- as Triano addressed the teams need to work on their physical conditioning.

"We think we are starting to grasp some of the things we want to do but we're not in very good shape," Triano said. "Today we did more live stuff, a lot less instruction, a lot more playing through mistakes and the guys played hard."

Quote/unquote:

"Honestly, I talk trash every day. You are either going to beat me or get tired of hearing my talk." -- Wright


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