Monday February 16 2009 – 2:31pm Eastern (Toronto)
I’m not sure why, but some folks (emails, etc) seem concerned about whether or not the Raptors are going to hold a press conference to officially introduce Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.
Well, this may change, but the info I have says the Raps likely won’t have the usual dog and pony show.
Because of the All Star weekend – and how it has messed up travel schedules for everyone involved – a greater emphasis is being placed on PRACTICE, not showcasing the new additions for the media/fans.
As of right now, the Raptors are supposed to practice on Monday night at the ACC – with no media availability. The team will then return to the floor on Tuesday afternoon for their 2nd workout together. After that session, we’ll finally have a chance to chat with Marion and Banks.
Again, things could change. The Raps may choose to have a presser after Tuesday’s practice – instead of having informal scrums with the newest players. But, either way, by Tuesday evening you’ll get your first quotes and interviews.
Chances are … it’ll take about 38 wins for the Raptors to get into the post-season. With 27 games remaining, Toronto would have to got 17-10 to hit that 38-win mark.
Let’s see how the sked breaks down:
16 HOME games
11 ROAD games
Games against sub .500 teams: 16
Games against the West: 7
Games against teams between #8 and #13 in the East: 11
Combined winning percentage of the teams remaining on Toronto’s sked: .455 (642-768)
I’ll be back with more tomorrow.
I’m not sure if I’ll be at Tuesday’s practice or not. I have to tape an episode of TSN’s “Off The Record” – and I may not make it to the ACC in time for the workout as well. The FAN will be there either way.
Don’t forget to tune in to Jonesy and I for the Raptors next game – Wednesday night – when they host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.