In our continued efforts to provide Raptors fans with maximum team coverage, we here at Raptorshq present Media Watch; our regular survey of the media examining all articles, excerpts and other media information relating to the team.
For June 7, 2005
First up, the Globe and Mail looks at the Raptorsâ€™ interest in the NBAâ€™s pre-draft camp in Chicago. Rob Babcock, Sam Mitchell, Wayne Embry, Jay Triano and various other front office members will be in attendance at various points during the camp both scouting prospects and, in Trianoâ€™s case, helping to run the camp.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the article is the mention that with the Raptorsâ€™ abundance of draft picks, (four this year) they are looking to swing a deal to clear some roster space.
From Portlandâ€™s Tribune article concerning Portlandâ€™s draft choices at the third spot, the Raptors are mentioned as possible trading partners for Portland. The article, however, contradicts the Globe and Mailâ€™s report as its sources say that the Raptors are â€œleaning towards KEEPING their picks.â€ Once again if one thing is clear three weeks before the draft, itâ€™s that thereâ€™s still a lot of smoke and mirrors as to what teams are actually going to do on draft day.
From rumours concerning the Raptorsâ€™ trade options, we move to the media coverage of players the Raptors may be considering with their draft picks. Draftcity.com brings us in-depth coverage of high school man-child Andrew Bynumâ€™s workout.
Raptors personnel were in attendance for Bynumâ€™s workout and, with their dearth of big men, Bynum, at 7 feet with great mobility and plenty of â€œupsideâ€, has to be considered when draft day rolls around.
Draftcity.com also brings us some interesting rumours involving possible Raptor selections in their latest â€œword on the streetâ€ update:
Among the most intriguing rumours connected with the Raptors are those concerning Raymond Felton and John Gilchrist. Draftcityâ€™s Jonathan Givony addressed Feltonâ€™s draft stock on Torontoâ€™s Fan 590 radio station recently and it appears Feltonâ€™s stock is rising with each workout he attends. His speed, defence and leadership have always been his selling points but now he is also shooting the lights out from the NBA 3 point line, a testament to his improved long range game, something scouts had always been concerned with. Have Feltonâ€™s recent workouts and shot improvement perhaps put him on the Raptors map with their first pick?
Gilchrist on the other hand missed his scheduled workout with Toronto this past Sunday. While both his agent and the Raptors downplayed the incident as him not being able to locate his passport or birth certificate, this could raise some alarms for GMâ€™s across the league. A former Maryland Terrapin, Gilchrist is already carrying with him a rep as an uncoachable, belligerent, selfish player, and one who didnâ€™t relish the role given to him by his NCAA coach, Gary Williams. Gilchristâ€™s maturity has often been questioned both by media and by teammates and incidents like this, regardless of the truth behind them, are not going to help his cause. The sad part of this is that a mature Gilchrist would be a steal for the Raptors in the second round. Gilchrist has a strong NBA-ready upper body, is extremely talented and if not for his past history, might be a lock for the first round. In fact, Gilchristâ€™s situation closely mirrors the situation of another former NCAA star chosen in the second roundâ€¦a Mr. Gilbert Arenas.