Eric Smith's "10 Random Thoughts"
Old 05-01-2008, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hmmm ... what do you make of Eric's #2 thought? Do you think he's implying that Jose being out there was a good thing or bad thing?

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But, as the clock strikes 12:00am … I figured I’d quickly look back at the Magic-Raptors series … and mention some things that struck me during the last week or so.

Questions … comments … observations … came to mind in my ‘10 Random Thoughts’:

1. I was wrong about the Raptors. I thought they could give the Magic a run for their money and even upset Orlando in the 1ST round.

2. For the second-straight year, it was Jose Calderon that was on the floor during crunch-time for the Raptors … in the most important game of the season.

3. Anybody that thinks Dwight Howard isn’t a great player - just because he “can’t shoot” - is out to lunch.

4. Carlos Delfino is a great ‘2ND Unit’ guy … but his inconsistency is frustrating to figure out … and it may have personally cost him millions of dollars as well.

5. How is it that Jamario Moon took so long to make it to the NBA?

6. The negativity (even “hate”) in this city towards TJ Ford is absolutely ridiculous.

7. No, Sam Mitchell should not be blamed for every miscue the Raptors had this year. The coach, his staff, the players, and management all share in the disappointment of a 41-41 season and another 1ST round exit.

8. Keyon Dooling may be the perfect back-up: energy; defense; attitude; decent jumper; and most important … he ‘knows his role’.

9. Gangsta Brezec is the strangest dude I’ve come across in Toronto (including Charles Oakley, Gary Trent, and others).

10. Though they still lost the series to Orlando 4-1 … how bad would it have been for Toronto if not for the contributions of Jason Kapono? He may have been AWOL for much of the season, but he sure made up for it in the playoffs.
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I think he's implying it's clear who the coaches want out there with the game/series on the line.
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I don't think it really matters what Eric Smith thinks about the point guard situaton.... but since it's his blog what the heck I agree with Acie he's probably implying that this says something about the team's confidence in Jose but the other, and equally important thing to note is that in the games where they struggled to close out the 4th quarters(2, 4 and 5) it was Jose out there running the show as well.
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TJ didn't exactly show us he could handle 4th quarters in the regular season. His 4th quarter grade this year is F-, Jose is more like C+(and A when TJ was injured) but at least that's something.
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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2. For the second-straight year, it was Jose Calderon that was on the floor during crunch-time for the Raptors in the most important game of the season.

And for the second straight year..... We lost!
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And for the second straight year..... We lost!
true, but it had nothing to do with our PG situation.
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6. The negativity (even “hate”) in this city towards TJ Ford is absolutely ridiculous.
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8. Keyon Dooling may be the perfect back-up: energy; defense; attitude; decent jumper; and most important … he ‘knows his role’.
Kind of contradicts himself here
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true, but it had nothing to do with our PG situation.

I beg to differ, if our coach had any brains what so ever he would coach the game with the consistancy he wants his team to play. The Point guard play and the way they were used in this series and all year long played a major role in our demise.


Fact is toronto fans are sick of the softness this team has, and Jose imo is one of those players. Getting rid of the only guy with a swagger and toughness and atheltic ability for a pg who sets up jump shots, wont attack, cant run a fast break and cant defend will result in years of 1st round exsits.
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I beg to differ, if our coach had any brains what so ever he would coach the game with the consistancy he wants his team to play. The Point guard play and the way they were used in this series and all year long played a major role in our demise.


Fact is toronto fans are sick of the softness this team has, and Jose imo is one of those players. Getting rid of the only guy with a swagger and toughness and atheltic ability for a pg who sets up jump shots, wont attack, cant run a fast break and cant defend will result in years of 1st round exsits.
I agree about the swagger...and TJ has it, he just doesnt know how to use it to his advantage.

Jose can run a fast break.

The coach needs to have a better playbook to result in things better than a pick and roll.

Jose certainly does attack.

and he is not a bad defender.....our defense scheme was flawed.
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I beg to differ, if our coach had any brains what so ever he would coach the game with the consistancy he wants his team to play. The Point guard play and the way they were used in this series and all year long played a major role in our demise.


Fact is toronto fans are sick of the softness this team has, and Jose imo is one of those players. Getting rid of the only guy with a swagger and toughness and atheltic ability for a pg who sets up jump shots, wont attack, cant run a fast break and cant defend will result in years of 1st round exsits.
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I beg to differ, if our coach had any brains what so ever he would coach the game with the consistancy he wants his team to play. The Point guard play and the way they were used in this series and all year long played a major role in our demise.


Fact is toronto fans are sick of the softness this team has, and Jose imo is one of those players. Getting rid of the only guy with a swagger and toughness and atheltic ability for a pg who sets up jump shots, wont attack, cant run a fast break and cant defend will result in years of 1st round exsits.
nice try, but i'm pretty sure it was the 6'11" 270lb behemoth in the middle throwing our franchise player around, cruising through double teams for two handed dunks, and opening up the floor for the top 3 point shooting team in the league that played the major role in our demise.

in terms of the pg's, and this has been argued to death here, with that swagger comes child-like pouty fits, and with that athleticism comes a susceptibility to injury that is practically unparalelled in the league. with jose you get consistency, for the most part, and a team player. with tj you get a mystery. Sometimes great, sometimes awful, sometimes happy, sometimes the most cantakerous guy on the team. if i'm building for the future, i'm going with mr consistency.
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how's that doc? enough authority for ya?

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how's that doc? enough authority for ya?

I surrender.
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and he is not a bad defender.....our defense scheme was flawed.
Only in that it didn't sufficiently hide his bad defending abilities.

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I know i said I wasn't going to jump in this TJ vs Jose thing again but i just caught this post on another board and have to post it. I'm not going to comment, just read this and think about it. What degree of overhauling is invovlved by keeping one point guard over the other.

TJ Ford and Jose Calderon are completely different types of point guards. TJ is a dynamic point guard who others players play off wth ability to break down a defense off the dribble and create for others, and Jose is a distributor who distributes the ball amongst the team once opportunities present themselves.

TJ was established as the lead point guard and the team was built having players like Parker, Kapono, Bargnani, and Moon to feed off him. With the exception of Bargnani potenially none of these players have the ability to create their own shot. With Jose being a good distributor you need to surround him with players who can take the ball and then create on their own like a Deng, Gordon, Maggette, or so fourth.


I think there's more truth to this than people here will admit to.
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I think that's hogwash.

Jose does much more than just dribble the ball up the floor and initiate the offense.

He also runs the pick and roll with Bosh ten times better than TJ does.
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He's also our most unselfish player and part team leader.

I have no problems with swagger, I think we need hustle players, but I do have a problems with ego problems, like TJ in his bench stint. That was a Knicks-esque thing to do.

I do think TJ has great ability and is probably more purely skilled than Jose, but getting over that mental hump is much much harder than it seems on paper. Zach Randolph could've been the next dominant PF if it wasn't for that itsy bitsy attitude problem, lol.

Anyways, we went 22-11 without Ford out this year(and according to Hollinger's stats during his main injury, we were actually playing better than our record) and were quite a bit under .500 with him (19-30). Last year we took off when he went out and we "discovered" Jose in his increased minutes. I think the numbers support one player over the other in this case.

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Kind of contradicts himself here
He doesn't contradict himself at all here. One part is talking about hate towards a certain player, the other is covering a guy knowing how he fits into his team. The fact is, people in Toronto have taken the TJ/Jose thing way out of proportion, same way they do with any minor sports issue with any Toronto franchise. It gets so clouded, that they start trying to turn anything and everything into a major gaffe.

Part of me hopes that TJ gets traded just so that he can come back and put on a show when he plays with a new team. Eric is right, the hate is way out of control.
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Uh oh... I hope he's not THE Contender (just kidding man... inside joke. Welcome to RF)
You implying that he might be the same "Contender" from the RealGM?

If so, then I guess he'll have to answer that question.
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