duke of new york, a#1
Marty York's Craport...Bhatia recounted: "I called (Raptors coach) Sam Mitchell and I said, 'Sam, this is a major opportunity to help the team. We need a guy who can rebound, with a great work ethic. With Jamaal, we can maybe win 40 games this year and possibly get to the playoffs. Jamaal can save your job.'
"Sam agreed, and he said, 'Let's see what can be done. Tell Jamaal to keep asking for a trade.'
"Sam said he'd talk to (Raptors) management. And so Jamaal kept talking to New Orleans about a trade, thinking he would get to Toronto.
"A little while later, Jamaal found out other teams were trying to get him, so he told me to tell the Raptors they have to move quickly. I called Sam again. He didn't say much this time, and then it was too late. Jamaal was traded to Milwaukee.
"The whole request was made so that he could go to Toronto, but the Raptors made a half-hearted effort to get him, according to what Jamaal was told. He was so disappointed. The Raptors blew it, plain and simple."...