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Raptors coach says Bulls' Nikola Mirotic 'not your typical rookie'

Raptors coach says Bulls' Nikola Mirotic 'not your typical rookie'

TORONTO — Dwane Casey slipped in a sly comment regarding Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic's propensity to draw fouls.

"He has the soccer mentality a little bit," Casey said.

The Raptors coach meant flopping, not footwork, for a player he otherwise praised highly.

"I'd be careful calling him a rookie," Casey said of the 24-year-old. "He has played a lot of basketball. He's not your typical rookie, a lot like (Toni) Kukoc was when he first came in. With all the injuries they've had, he's been a godsend for them."

Mirotic has led the NBA in...

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