Raps' Ross knows the keys to his success

Raptors guard Terrence Ross sails through the air for a dunk against the Atlanta Hawks last season....

Raptors guard Terrence Ross sails through the air for a dunk against the Atlanta Hawks last season. Ross was the dunk champion at last year's NBA all-star game, in his rookie campaign. (Reuters/Files)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

Being dunk champ in one’s rookie season is a nice start.

But Terrence Ross isn’t looking to be a one-trick pony and certainly no flash in the pan.

Ross is after a long, successful career in the NBA and the soon-to-be Raptors sophomore is in the process of making sure that happens.

Right now the biggest obstacle to that are some cramping problems that are wreaking havoc with his Summer League preparations.

Ross, who is splitting his off-season between his Portland home and Los Angeles, is having some difficulties adapting to the 110-degree Fahrenheit heat in Vegas, but it’s a short-term obstacle.

In the bigger picture, Ross wants this off-season to bring about three definite changes in his game.

“I have to get stronger, improve my ball handling, and work on my defence,” he says rhyming them off like a mantra. “Those three things will help get me to the next level. That’s what I have been working towards.”


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