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Day 1: Alabi On Court To Start Camp

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Day 1: Alabi On Court To Start Camp

Jay Satur - Raptors.com
September 28, 2010

It was nearly a full preseason roster doing plenty of running, but taking some time to slow things down on day one of training camp at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.

Rookie Solomon Alabi told us he was good to go in our media day chat on Monday and true to his word, the centre participated fully in Tuesday's morning session. That left fellow freshman Ed Davis (meniscus injury) as the only player not participating in drills on Day 1 of camp.

But Davis, wearing practice gear and walking with a heavily-wrapped knee after having arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 20, had plenty to absorb in a practice that featured a heavy dose of technical walk-through to go with full-speed drills.

When things did speed up, Triano sounded happy with his team's conditioning in its first day together on court.

"The guys have been working individually," said Triano. "We've got a few guys that are a little bruised and nicked up right now, but we're going to monitor them, push them as hard as we can everyday without going overboard."

"Otherwise, fitness is pretty good. We think it's going to be important that we get off to a good start this year so I think our guys are in pretty good shape right now. A lot of our guys played in the World Championship and a lot of our guys have been here for two weeks already."

We've got more video from Linas Kleiza, Leandro Barbosa, Sonny Weems and Jarrett Jack below, but a few other interesting points from Triano today.

- The Raptors' focus for their evening practice on Monday was going to be playing live games.

- When asked if, after Andrea Bargnani, were four starters spots up for grabs, Triano agreed before mentioning Kleiza as a strong candidate at either forward spot.

- While many readers and several of the players we're excited for some version of the Suns old "Seven Seconds Or Less" brand of offence, Triano was pretty quick to dispel that Monday. "We're going to look for advantages in transition but we're not necessarily going to be run-and-gun. We've got enough guys where we can get the ball from one side of the floor to the other and have enough scoring threats out there. But I wouldn't say we're going to run-and-gun. We're going to push the ball."

- Offence however, wasn't exactly a major problem last season. It's the concepts of defence and rebounding that have to improve and Triano spoke about how the Raptors want to play on the other side of the ball. "If we play good defence, it's going to force turnovers which is going to force running," said Triano. "The other thing you're allowed to run on, is when you force teams to miss shots because you rebound the ball and you get it and go. Rebounding has been an issue for us, but we're going to have all five guys rebound and the reward is, if you get the rebound, you're allowed to go on your own and push it."