Rasho Nesterovic-Raptors: Yo, Jay, We Want More Slovak Love

Brad NortonCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 02:  Rasho Nesterovic #12 of the Toronto Raptors against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Is it just me or are you tired of seeing the Raptors supposed backup Center Rasho Nesterovic having a DNP beside his name in the game log? Even when the Raptors are in a slump, Triano won't put Rasho out.

Now, I'm not saying this guy should be a starter. But, quite frankly there was only one other game that Rasho played in, where he wasn't a starter and only played because Bargnani had that ankle injury.

He's a good role player and can do the whole bit, including scoring and blocking shots. He may be slow, but he's slippery slow because even against younger, faster guys he still finds a way to get open.

I believe it's only fair that he should get to play along with Jack tonight when facing their former team, the Indianapolis Pacers. Now, I'm not saying Bargnani is doing a bad job, nor anyone who fills in for Bargnani, like Amir Johnson.

But, Rasho should still get some playing time, especially near halftime and during the third quarter. However, I don't blame Triano if the guys he has out are on a role and keeps them on for the majority of the time.

But, that hasn't always been the case. I know that down the stretch his time will probably increase, and we'll be able to see him when the camera isn't pointing to the end of the bench.

But, I don't see why we should have a 2.5 million dollar investment sitting on the bench all the time. Sometimes, things need to be mixed and played around with, and I don't see why now isn't a good time for it.

So, Jay, I'll be watching the Pacers game tonight and I'd like to see Rasho get some minutes. Besides, Bargnani could use the rest, seeing as you guys are at the back end of a back-to-back.