The players, though, remain unaffected.
"I don't care. I don't think any of us care," swingman Antoine Wright said. "We don't need to be talked about. We want to get better as a team and win as many games as possible, under the radar, so to speak."
"I don't know what it takes," Raptors coach Jay Triano added. "Maybe it takes making a stronger run. Maybe it takes doing well in the playoffs. I'm not sure. I think people are starting to slowly see us as the season goes and realize that we're playing pretty well."
Wright had another theory.
"We're in Canada," Wright said. "The media has to come through customs over here to do stories on us. I don't think they like to do that."