Shawn Marion’s game doesn’t exactly lend itself to a plodding, pedestrian halfcourt style.

So when the newest Raptor sat down with coach Jay Triano to talk about his role with Toronto, Marion was happy to hear there would be more than a little running involved.

“The way coach basically explained it to me, we’re going to get up and down the court a little bit more, it’s going to be more fun to go out there and just play ball,” Marion said at a news conference yesterday at the Air Canada Centre.

“The game is supposed to be exciting. I’m tired of playing that boring style, halfcourt, just watching everybody go up and run a play, call this play, run this play. That’s boring, I’m not going to lie to you. I know fans don’t enjoy it, either.”

The Raptors officially introduced Marion and Marcus Banks at the ACC on the heels of Friday’s trade that brought the two to Toronto for Jermaine O’Neal, Jamario Moon and a conditional draft pick.

Speed will be a theme for the Raptors in their push for a spot in the NBA post-season. Entering yesterday’s games, the Raptors are 14th in the Eastern Conference, five games out of a playoff spot.

Marion was a four-time all-star as part of the run-and-gun Phoenix Suns, and has averaged 17.9 points and 10.0 rebounds over 10 seasons with Phoenix and Miami.

He and Banks were traded to the Heat last February, but Marion’s role diminished in the shadow of Dwyane Wade, where he averaged just 12 points and 8.7 rebounds this season.

Marion will line up alongside former U.S. teammate Chris Bosh, along with emerging forward Andrea Bargnani in what could be a potent frontcourt.

“I know what (Bosh) is capable of and I’m usually on the other end guarding him,” Marion said. “He’s definitely a talented player. I think we can complement one another, especially with (Jose) Calderon at the point guard position, who’s a very good distributor.”