Day 3: Talking Defence & Depth
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Thursday's practice saw the end of the dreaded two-a-days with some interesting comments from Jay Triano and some of his players regarding the season ahead.
Most notably from Triano were his comments about the defensive system he wants his team to play.
Armed with some new personnel on the wings and several younger, athletic players with more seasoning, Triano wants a more aggressive brand of defence that puts much more pressure on the ball and passing lanes. The result should spark a fast-paced offence that burns opponents off turnovers and in transition.
Watch Triano's post-practice scrum below for more on defence, memories of Kevin O'Neill and some specific thoughts on Amir Johnson.
Jarrett Jack took a seat after putting in a lot of extra work post-practice and offered some insightful thoughts on the team's new direction on defence, his specific role as a veteran and the importance of footwork. His thoughts on how tiny details cost possessions and potentially, a playoff spot last season are particularly good to hear.
It was somewhat of a big day for DeMar DeRozan on Thursday, as the Raptors announced that they have exercised his third-year option. The team had until Oct. 31 to do so and it was a virtual certainty that it would happen, but the 21-year-old said he was still surprised to learn the news this morning. Watch DeMar below and you can also hear him share the benefits of two-a-days.
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The Raptors hold one more practice on Friday at Air Canada Centre before flying to Vancouver to continue camp at UBC. I'll be heading out there as well with tweets, chats, video, photos and more. Should be a great experience wrapping up with the Raptors opening their preseason sked against Steve Nash and the Suns on Wednesday.