Accountability at issue

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- The Raptors morning shootaround was delayed for about an hour as the team held a closed-door meeting to address their recent struggles on the court and some pointed criticism from within the locker room.

While players, coaches and management opted to keep the majority of what was said in house, a few things were revealed.

From the little that was said, it appears communication was a major part of it.

“It was moreso not knowing how to relate to different guys,” Chris Bosh said. “Sometimes you are going to want to cut someone out if they don’t rotate but we weren’t really addressing the problem. Instead of calling someone out because they weren’t doing their job or playing hard we kind of just kept it quiet. I mean, the more quiet you are the easier it is to get divided. You can divide yourselves just by not saying anything. We can’t be afraid to challenge each other. It’s for the (betterment) of this team.”

Accountability was also a major theme.

“I think that if we are going to be successful everyone has to be accountable,” head coach Jay Triano said. “I wouldn’t say it was missing. I just don’t know if it was communicated properly. I think it comes down to we have nine new guys and basically guys are still trying to figure out who is who, how to talk to somebody, what buttons to push for some people and that goes coaches to players and players to coaches. I mean I know Chris Bosh and I know Andrea and Jose their whole NBA careers. Some of these other guys I met for the first time at training camp. We are starting to get an understanding of them for me and me for them and I think that is why we have to have meetings to talk about stuff.”

Triano said it was a coaches meeting called by him with him asking questions of players he needed answers from. Neither Bosh nor Hedo Turkoglu spoke during the meeting.

“I’m tired of talking,” Bosh said. “I let everyone else get things off their chest and I think it was good for us. It was good for me just to hear what everyone else has to say.”

Antoine Wright, who has also done his fair share of talking, came away from the meeting with a better feeling about the direction of the team.

“I think we learned a lot about each other today,” Wright said. “It was just a heartfelt conversation between men and I think it helped us far more than any practice would.”

GM Bryan Colangelo was also in the meeting and according to Wright put the Raptors biggest problem into it’s proper perspective.

“He expects each and every one of us to come and play with some passion and attitude,” Wright said of the Raps GM. “I think that’s the most important thing about it. Talent right now is not the question. It’s just bringing that attitude. I guess you could say it’s about time and we’ll see what happens from here, but I think you will find, win lose or draw, that there’s a different attitude.”

Raps fans may also see a different lineup tonight.

Triano said he has been thinking about as many as three changes to his lineup but admitted he might not make any at all.

“We thought about it all day yesterday and we changed our minds a couple of times,” he said. “How it would affect people and how it would affect rotations and we just want to do it for the right reasons, if we do it.”

Stay tuned.

mike.ganter@sunmedia.ca


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