I'm unconvinced that 'Hedo Turkoglu' really is how you say 'Vernon Wells' in Turkish, although it bothers me that after being a no-show in yesterday's loss to the Boston Celtics, Turkoglu did one of those 'wither me' things suggesting there aren't enough balls to go around - or, too many point guards and wannabe point guards, himself included.
The bigger concern out of that 114-107 loss is that Chris Bosh had one field goal attempt in the fourth quarter after scoring 29 points through three.
Raptors head coach Jay Triano took some of the blame for not watching Bosh's minutes more closely, which Bosh said: "We were going with what was working. They really started paying attention to me a lot more. I didn't want to force anything, because against a team like that, it's what gets you in trouble."
It's true Bosh was in foul trouble but, man: With Kevin Garnett's defence missing, I want Bosh doing the heavy lifting when I'm trying to beat the best.
With the Olympic hockey competition due to start in a month, organizers have found themselves with a new security concern after the Calgary Flames complained Saturday that a laser pointer was used by a fan to distract goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.
Head coach Brent Sutter was properly upset that security staff at GM Place couldn't find the fan responsible.
"It's ridiculous," Sutter said. "We could see it shining on his mask the whole night. It was brought to the attention of the refs and security, and it's hard to believe that can go on for 60 minutes in a hockey game and it's not located."
Garbage Time: League One side Southampton are the latest team said to be preparing a bid for Simeon Jackson, Canada's soccer player of the year who is with Gillingham. But they'll have to triple their £1-million pound offer and, at any rate, Jackson's got bigger fish to fry than moving from one League One club to another, especially when Southampton's just two points up on the Gills ... More real football: worrying about the assault on Togo's soccer team in Angola and whether it hints of violence at the World Cup in South Africa is like wondering whether an attack in Vancouver makes life in Toronto more dangerous. We're talking a couple thousand kilometres here, folks. Reminds me of how during the SARS outbreak in Toronto, one L.A. reporter did a story asking Dodgers players whether they were concerned about coming to Montreal ... now that the Philadelphia Eagles are out, get ready for all the masters of the obvious to start linking Donovan McNabb with a trade to the Buffalo Bills. Yeah, that'll solve all the issues. Just like Drew Bledsoe ... Vince Carter is day-to-day with mild left shoulder separation sustained Friday when he collided with Andray Blatche of the Washington Wizards ... Curtis Joseph will retire tomorrow. If he was a baseball player, there'd be a debate about his Hall of Fame worthiness and he'd lose. But it's the NHL. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs ... plus, he's a good guy. Slam-dunk he's in ... Cuban free-agent pitcher Aroldis Chapman has agreed to a $30-million (U.S.) contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The deal is worth $7-million (U.S.) more than the Toronto Blue Jays reportedly offered.
Canadian skeleton athlete Jeff Pain, a two-time World champion and Olympic silver medalist and his wife Alyson have penned a book entitled 'Marriage To Medals.'
The self-published book, will be ready for online orders in mid-February, but in the meantime the website www.marriageandmedals.com is up and running. The book will be formally launched in March after the Vancouver Olympics.