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Old 12-29-2009, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Paul Jones: What to do with Calderon when he's back

The big questions come when Calderon is healthy. Does he get his starting job back and what do you do with Banks? Do you keep him active?

In all fairness, Toronto has dealt with this situation once already and the precedent has been set in some sense. When T.J. Ford was injured in the 2007-08 season and playing very well at the time of his mishap, he was not reinserted into the starting lineup when he was healthy enough to play.

Ford didnít like it, he articulated it and it caused a stir, but he still had to sit on the bench while Calderon ran the team as a starter. Ford eventually was put back into the starting lineup but the damage was done as Ford was dealt during the following off-season after Calderon signed a new deal.

That being said, Calderon should not come back until he is 100 per cent healthy as the team seems to have found a nice rhythm of late.

It says here that if the team is still going well, Calderon should come off the bench and work his way slowly back into the lineup facing some second unit players the same way Ford did a couple of seasons ago.

He might not like it, but in the end, itís who finishes the game, not who starts and with Triano currently playing four starters (Bosh, Bargnani, Turkoglu and Jack) during crunch time in the fourth quarter with a rotating wild card player, that might just turn out to be Calderonís spot when he is fully recovered.
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