Has T.J. learned something watching Jose?
Old 02-28-2008, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Grange wrote on how he feels Ford's IQ has improved since coming back, but do you think alot of that is from watching and learning from Jose on how he ran this squad for the couple months he was out or is just a coincidence?

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Itís not like I sit around and read the comments section on the blog all day, but I do scan them everyone once in a while to see where things are standing. The other day I made reference to T.J. Ford as a player with a high basketball I.Q.

Judging from some comments and emails, this seemed to set people off. They donít agree.

So let me make this clear: From where I sit and from who I get to talk to and from my own observations, there is no doubt the Fordís basketball smarts are at a very high level. Does he force the action occasionally? Yes, but less so this season, and itís something he works on all the time. Does he score as elegantly and finish as efficiently as would be ideal? Nope.

But as far as I can tell these are his two main faults and his improved both of them, which alone says a lot about his basketball I.Q.

And if his ability and willingness to find new and original ways for his teammates not only to score, but to get lay-ups that they didnít even know were there to be had, isnít further proof enough, you could consider how effective he is as a trapping defender, or how little success bigger guards have posting him up or how fearlessly he plays in big games or how willing he is to listen to his teammates and coaches.

He knows his assignments. He leads his team on the floor. He has his teammates respect and his coachís trust.

That doesnít make him perfect, but none of those things happen if you donít have a high basketball I.Q.

It makes you wonder what people are thinking.
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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TJ said something about Calde was running the team well, so I'm sure he has been paying attention to Calde's play. But I think it's normal, guy has to learn (he is young) and I'm sure Calde has learnt something from TJ too. They have so different styles that it's easy they can be feeding back one each other IMO.
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I assumed he was playing more patiently because he was injured and couldn't go full blast, but I dunno, I'd be happy with a higher b-ball IQ TJ for sure.
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I assumed he was playing more patiently because he was injured and couldn't go full blast, but I dunno, I'd be happy with a higher b-ball IQ TJ for sure.
I think most pessimistic Ford fans would use that as his excuse, but I've notice him not dribbling around endlessly over these last couple weeks and has had better anticipation when trying to find the open look for his peers. He still takes his off balance jumpers which can be frustrating to watch, but there definitely is a sense of patience in Ford's game now since coming back. I think he realizes that he was too fast for this offense and slowing it down a touch is far more effective.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I wonder whats going on in BCS head.
u cant keep both of these guyss!!!
i dont knoww
Stats say Calderon
butt something tells me go with Ford!!
w/e
just hope BC makes the right move next yearrr .
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I wonder whats going on in BCS head.
u cant keep both of these guyss!!!
i dont knoww
Stats say Calderon
butt something tells me go with Ford!!
w/e
just hope BC makes the right move next yearrr .
Kuzzy its a tough one when deciding which player you keep if indeed BC decides to move one.If Jose continued to be the number 1 guy his numbers at the end of the season would have been at #1 in the east for pg. Now with TJ back it just won't happen. TJ is a young Allen Iverson type of player while Jose is a young steve nash type of player, its a tough one to decide but I love the play of steve nash and thats why I like Jose running our team.
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Based on conversations with John Lucas I've heard and read since his return I have attributed most of TJ's play since as a direct result of Lucas' training. I dont' see him playing much differently than at the beginning of the season though...i've always felt those comments about him being out of control a bit exaggerated... there are the odd moment sure but in general I think he gets a bad rap (pardon the pun) due to people's man-love for Jose
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TJ seems to be happier with the easy play rather than look for the flashy play.

I'd have to say, that came from watching JC.

"man-love for Jose" ??? ...guilty as charged.
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guys, how can raptor fans NOT have man-love for Jose?

anyways, back to TJ. I have definately thought that since he came back from injury there has been a marked inprovement in his play. I got kind of chastized for saying this earlier, and maybe i was overly-complimentary in my analysis of Ford, but he has been playing better now than pre-injury. Maybe Lucas is the cause, maybe TJ has just adjusted his game based on stuff within the team. Who knows. who cares. I just hope that TJ continues to improve and impress in his current role.
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I love them both.

the perfect Pg would be about half of each.
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My point isn't to say he's not learning from Jose, but really other than more minutes and confidence what's different about him watching Jose at any other time...they practically live together on and off the court, practice with each other and Dmart all the time... he's always been watching Jose...which is why i dont' imagine that is a major factor in any improvment or change in recent play. Of course i'm just speculating with the Lucas theory but if you beleive what JL has said..those are the things he worked on with TJ in addition to teh physical work.
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I love them both.

the perfect Pg would be about half of each.
You mean Steve Nash
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wel ya, but more Chris paul.
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