An NBA assistant coach was hanging around courtside while a group of Raptors went through their usual pre-game shooting workout at the Air Canada Centre recently when the group that included Alan Anderson took the floor. “That guy can shoot, he’s a shooter and a player,” the coach, with almost two decades of experience, immediately said. “I’d take him on my team. “He made himself a lot of money this season. Good for him.” If only Anderson cared. The Raptors forward, who first signed a 10-day contract in Toronto a year and a day ago, should be in line for a hefty raise and some long-term security when his deal runs out this summer but it seems to be the furthest thing from his mind. And after all he’s been through — traipsing around the globe playing on one-year deals in far-flung countries where a guy may or may not actually get paid the money he’s owed by sketchy franchise operators — Anderson knows to even think about the future could cloud what’s going on now. “I don’t worry about the future, I worry about the present,” the 30-year-old said. “I worry about whether I did everything I should have to make it to tomorrow. “Did I shoot enough shots? Did I go hard enough today in practice? I worry about that. I don’t worry about ‘next week, I have to turn it up a little bit.’ Nah, I don’t worry about that.” Anderson has turned himself into a more-than-serviceable NBA forward in his year with the Raptors. He’s a streaky three-point shooter but unafraid to take big shots, and his willingness to defend aggressively often makes him stand out from his teammates.
Raptors’ Alan Anderson “man’s man” focused on the here and now
Toronto Star | Mar 27