Now that forward Antoine Wright is totally healthy, the former Texas A&M star plans to make life difficult for the other Toronto shooting guards.
Shooting guard is the only position where the starter at this point is undetermined. There's been talk that rookie DeMar DeRozan will get the assignment because he's a lottery pick and that no one else has really grabbed the bull by the horns. But Wright, a four-year NBA veteran, has been hurt for most of the pre-season (sore right knee) and now a battle royale for the starter's job is expected leading up to the Raptors' regular season opener on Oct. 28 -- with the amiable Wright leading the charge and kicking the rookie's derriere in practice.
"I think I have to challenge him," said Wright of DeRozan. "Being a rookie and not knowing what to expect at this level, I have to make it hard on him in practice, especially if he's going to be out there if I'm not out there because one of us is going to have to set the tone for the game.
"I can't go in with his guy hot already, and he can't go in with my guy hot already, so in practice I have to make it tough for him and to push him, and Sonny (Weems) as well."
Weems and Marco Belinelli will be the other two guards playing for minutes at the two spot.
Wright certainly isn't making any demands to start, or anything of that nature, despite coming off a career season with Dallas. But he isn't expecting DeRozan or anyone else to be given the starting job on a silver platter either.
"They're going to have to bring their 'A' game and that's the way it's going to have to be throughout the season for this team to be the best it can be," he said.
Head coach Jay Triano acknowledged that the starter at shooting guard is not determined, but added that it could change game by game.
"We're going to play around with different lineups a little bit," he said. "But we also have to get Antoine as much run as we can here. He only got one game in the pre-season and we want to see what he can do and have the other guys on the floor be familiar with him."
It's becoming apparent that forward Reggie Evans, out with a mid-foot sprain, won't be ready for the season opener next Wednesday. Evans is still on crutches ... Chris Bosh filmed a commercial for Ford following yesterday's practice.