International experience will help Triano shape Raptors
Posted Sep 20 2010 11:34AM
Chris Bosh is gone. And so are the playoff expectations and the pressure of trying to keep the franchise player from skipping town.
Hedo Turkoglu is gone too, leaving the Toronto Raptors without anyone who's ever been the focal point of an NBA offense.
The roster he'll take into the 2010-11 season certainly provides Raptors coach Jay Triano with a challenge. But Triano also sees the absence of a star as an opportunity.
"We don't have anybody we have to cater to offensively," Triano said. "We're going to be a very balanced team and we're going to have different guys that are going to have to step up. And because of that, there are more things that we can do offensively."
The playbook is being re-written in Toronto
, and Triano is borrowing a page or two from some of the national teams he saw over the past month at the FIBA World Championship. As an assistant coach for the U.S. team, Triano watched film and prepared reports on the Americans' opponents. And he often liked what he saw.
"I like the international ball movement," Triano said. "I thought that the way that they move the basketball and the way that they make cuts
, they have to do that sometimes to overcome the athleticism that some of the other teams have. So they're very precise with their offense."