Despite a 1-7 record that projects to be 1-9 after a brutal slog through Florida this weekend, some of the more youthful members of the Raptors are remaining upbeat.
"The last five or six games we lost were real close," said swingman Sonny Weems.
"We haven't given in or given up."
They also still are able to have a little fun after putting in some hard work at practice.
On Thursday morning, the insufferable Chris Bosh -- who the Raptors will play against on Saturday in Miami -- let it be known that he was overjoyed to be able to watch NBA League Pass in Florida because he couldn't get it in Toronto.
"All it would have taken to bring him back was a satellite dish?" asked a member of the team's staff, tongue firmly in cheek.
Bosh obviously didn't try very hard to find the television package which is widely available in the GTA.
Bosh has had a number of foot-in-mouth comments about his time in the wilds of the North since taking his talents to South Beach this summer.
Weems did his best to stay out of the fray, but with a little prodding, put in his two cents.
"He's a grown man, he can say what he wants to ... we don't have enough channels, but I'll deal with it," Weems said, adding that HBO Canada was "not the same thing" as HBO.
"I don't have a problem with it. I'm here to play basketball, not watch TV."
Forward Amir Johnson said he was more of an Internet guy and didn't have much time for television, other than to watch sports.
Surprisingly, Johnson said he is getting into hockey.
"I'm starting to watch hockey, it's pretty interesting," said the 23-year-old Los Angeles native.
"Just like on the basketball court, they swing it, set screens, pretty much like basketball."
When advised by a reporter not to back the lowly Maple Leafs and that Johnson's hometown Kings are on the rise, he was well aware of the situation.
"Oh, I know that," Johnson said.
It was unclear what Weems' take on hockey was, but he clearly isn't a fan of curling.
"I don't EVER watch that," Weems said. "I got my sports I watch, and everybody else has their sports they watch."