As I write this, the Raptors have yet to sign Pops Mensah-Bonsu… but according to Coach Jay Triano and a couple other people within the organization, they’re hoping to get it done later on today.

This is a guy who had some experience with the Mavs (12 games in 06-07), before catching on with the Spurs’ D-League affiliate for bit (26.6 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 8 games), and then joining their big club.  He’s been released by the Spurs before his 10-day contract expired, so they can fit Drew Gooden into the fold.

As for where he fits into the Raptors… he’s a lanky 6’9″ combo-forward who would likely back-up either or both Shawn Marion and Chris Bosh…

Coach Jay Triano’s thoughts:

“We’ve watched quite a few of his games in the D-League.  He’s an energy guy, a rebounder.  A little bit of a physical presence.  Is he going to come in and change everything dramatically?  No.  But it’ll give us a little bit of something that maybe we don’t have.”

Mensah-Bonsu got into 3  games with the Spurs (although in his last, he played just 1 minute).  Here are some clips from the Feb.27th game against the Cavs, in garbage time:

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The Raptors have 20 games left…  And despite being just 12-16 at the ACC this season, 13 of the remaining games will be played at home.  Couple that with the lighter competition that awaits, and they’re clinging to hope to make the playoffs.

Some of you have already dismissed the season… some don’t even say the word  playoffs… but Chris Bosh is fine talking about it.

“If I didn’t think we were capable of it, I wouldn’t even say it.  There would be no reason even saying ‘playoffs.’   We believe in ourselves.  I believe in this group that we have.  You know, we’ve had struggles, but all that’ll disappear if we make it into the second part of the season.  Then the records are erased and we can play.”

To their credit, despite the 0-3 trip out west, and having lost 11 of 15 overall… the Raptors remain just 5 games out of 8th (which the Bulls and Bucks now share).

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Tomorrow’s game marks the return of Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon… but as far as gameplan goes, you need to look no further than Dwyane Wade.

In the last 6 games, D-Wade has gone off for 50, 46, 41 and two 31+ point games, with a 21′er in there as well.  He’s AVERAGING 37 ppg in that span… to go along with 11 apg.  Just figured I’d throw that out there.  Frightening.  (And why hasn’t anyone gone from calling him “Flash” to “the Hulk” ?  Dude gets bloodied up, terrorizes the Knicks, and actually said something to the effect of “don’t make me angry.” I thought that stuff writes itself, but unless I’m mistaken, people missed the boat on that one.)

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Also… for those of you still interested in what Bosh thought about Shaq calling him “the RuPaul of big men”… here’s his reaction from practice today.

[audio:http://qml.quiettouch.com/files/radio/fan590/hotaudio/chrisbosh-zc-20090305.mp3]

ZC

14 Responses to “Thoughts on Pops… Preparing for Jermario O’Moon… and Bosh’s Reaction to “RuPaul”…”
  1. 1.

    “…if we make it into the second part of the season. Then the records are erased and we can play.”

    How about showing up in the regular season first!!

    - Mr. T
  2. 2.

    Been a “Pops” watcher for some time, Raps had Soloman, Jawai and Hassan Adams wasting space on the bench. This guy should get a long look.

    - Andre from B Town
  3. 3.

    Love this blog I hope Pops Mensah-Bonsu will have a great impact off the bench!

    - Raps Fan
  4. 4.

    Moon better suck! and better get booed because he cost us enough games!

    - Raps Fan
  5. 5.

    Raps Fan,

    Moon will probably get booed by tomorrow night’s crowd, although he shouldn’t; but he won’t suck … because he’s a better player than most Raptors fans realize, and in a situation with the Heat which is a better fit for a player with his skill set, playing for a Top Notch GM [i.e. Pat Riley].

    —————————–

    Eric,

    Any insight you can provide re: Kris Humphries expected return date from injury/rehab would be very much appreciated.

    - khandor
  6. 6.

    Zack, now you’ve done it.

    Between “Jermario O’Moon” and “Dwyane Wade” in your blog, Eric is going to chastise you for not using spellcheck, being a hard core fan and all…can’t wait to see how they handle Pops Mensah-Bonsu…maybe stick to “Pops” if e sticks?

    Sorry, couldn’t let the whole spelling and grammar thing go just yet :-)

    I’ll be good now in case someone starts “controlling what I write”.

    Go Raps
    Soft core fan

    - Gary
  7. 7.

    Way to beat a dead horse.

    - E. Smith
  8. 8.

    Have I lost all my senses? Why would we boo Jamario? I don’t understand how booing him makes any sense! He didn’t quit, he didn’t pout, he didn’t whine! He played his game, I understand that he didn’t make the best decisions but there is blame to go around, coaches have to make him accountable but when the team doesn’t have a solid 3 position what are they to do just send 4 players on to the court!?! I think we got to stop all the hating man cause it makes us fans look foolish at times. VC quit on us and should be booed but everytime we boo him he burns us! Are we going to boo J.O too?the guy showed up treated people with respect and played like a pro! Yes our raptors have sucked this year but the blame is on everyone, and it’s up to those still with the organization to make sure that they try and make this team a competitive on the court but booing two players that played hard for us while they were here doesn’t make sense to me. Or am I on goof balls and nothing I wrote made any sense???

    - Lanny from Whitby
  9. 9.

    The Jermario O’Moon was a joke… …and I don’t see “Dwyane Wade” being a problem.

    - ZC
  10. 10.

    I like Moon.. Hope he gets a nice reception tonight .. He played hard as Rap with good attitude .. O’Neal I couldn’t care less about .
    According to most in other NBA cities, Bosh will likely leave Raps .If this is likely,and Bosh confirms he wants out, hopefully Colangelo trades him in off season .
    2 things might remake the Raps for next season ..a complete overhaul of the roster .. 3 or 4 major trades . The second change is coach . We need to bring in a solid, respected coach who players might want to play for .. It could be someone who is at end of his contract with another team .We may have to pay a decent salary .
    Letting Colangelo go might not be a bad move either .

    - Chas Calz
  11. 11.

    great blog entry ZC

    - Tarak
  12. 12.

    When Jermaine ‘O’ Neal comes, give him lots of love. He stood up for the Raptors and brought that ruthless aggression which the Raptors in that “INTERNATIONAL” world aka that European League wanna-be’s lack! And you can thank Colangelo & his assistant GM for that!!

    - Steven
  13. 13.

    hehehehehehehe…funniest line on this blog today?

    “Jamario Moon played hard…”

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard since Shaq’s attack on Bosh.

    Ummm…if that’s playing hard, what in the world do guys like Nash and LeBron do?

    Funny.

    Glad to see the ol’ Raptors standards are as low as usual…

    - brento
  14. 14.

    I tried to watch the aps/Hheat game, but couldn”t because the Raps are unwatchable, they always seem to fold like a cheap suitcase!

    - normfromnovascotia
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