It’s Friday and time for a weekend *special* edition of The Doctor Is In. Coach David Thorpe, from’s Scouts Inc. and the Executive Director of the Pro Training Center in Clearwater, Florida, drops by and we talk about a range of things, all Raptors related.

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  • Toronto’s defense and what can be done to improve it. The coach points out the Raptors’ lack of interior presence, more specifically, shot-blocking.
  • The most common place the Raptors get attacked and what can P.J Carlesimo do about it.
  • The ‘common thread’ between all good defensive teams, the difference between having a good strategy, and having a good strategy but not executing it.
  • Hubie Brown’s words of wisdom.
  • Can Ekpe Udoh or Avery Bradley be a good fit in Toronto? What does the decision upon the Raptors drafting either one depend on? Coach breaks them both down.
  • The advantage of having a point guard with speed, could Bradley bring that to the Raptors? Coach compares Bradley to Jrue Holiday.
  • Do the Raptors have players whose “motor runs hard” to offset the “laid back” guys on the team?
  • Solomon Alabi and a possible fit in Toronto. Comparisons to Joakim Noah and how he could bring some life out of Andrea Bargnani.
  • Analyzing Udonis Haslem and Luol Deng as possible returns in a Bosh S&T. Haslem could have the higher basketball IQ than anybody in the Raptors organization. The coach breaks down Luol Deng and talks about how he could fit with the Raptors.
  • More…

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