Bryan Colangelo has taken more than a few shots for his penchant for European-based players, but in a lockout-shortened season, that affinity for non-North Americans might just turn out to be an advantage.

Case in point were two of the first four arrivals in Toronto, Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon.

Neither man was busily searching for pick-up games in the off-season because both were taking part in the European basketball championships and for at least the two months leading up to that event and as long as their teams were alive, had all the basketball they needed.