TRACKING BOSH’S KNEE
Sam Mitchell told reporters on Saturday – before the Raptors flew to Charlotte to kick-off their 3-game road trip – that Chris Bosh will not play on Sunday against the Bobcats … and he’ll likely be held out of action in Orlando and Miami as well.
Bosh hurt his right knee earlier this week and then re-aggravated the injury on Friday night against the Pacers. An MRI showed no structural damage in Bosh’s knee but there is some swelling and the team is taking a precautionary route with their All Star forward right now.
Though he is not expected to play at all on this trip, Bosh did make the trip with his teammates. He was on the Raptors charter on Saturday afternoon and he’ll work with the training staff throughout the duration of this road swing before returning to Toronto on Thursday afternoon.
GARBO UP AND MOVING
Not only is Bosh on the road with the team … but Jorge Garbajosa is as well.
The Spanish forward – still battling back from his early-season surgery – was walking without crutches or a walking boot on Saturday afternoon; just regular ‘ol Air Force Ones.
Like Bosh, Garbo will work with Toronto’s trainers for the next few days in Charlotte, Orlando, and Miami.
There is still no timetable on when Garbajosa might be able to return to any kind of practice … let alone scrimmages or actual “game” action.
BREZEC # 1
Flipping through the Bobcats media guide in preparation for tomorrow night’s game … I stumbled upon a couple of interesting facts about Raptors center Primoz Brezec.
Yes, of course, I knew that Brezec was with Charlotte from day one … enjoying the best years of his career as a Bobcat. But the Slovenian big man is in the record book / history book in North Carolina as well.
Brezec – and current teammate Jason Kapono – were both members of Charlotte’s starting five during the club’s inaugural season in 2004-05. And Primoz holds the honor of taking the first shot and registering the first field goal in Bobcats history (:22 seconds into game 1 … against Washington).
Brezec also attempted and made the first-ever free throw in Bobcats history and committed the franchise’s first turnover as well.
Some of you may be shocked to know (I SURE WAS) that the first-ever block in Bobcats history was not registered by Emeka Okafor. No, that honor goes to none other than Mr. Kapono!