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Dr. J. Naismith 05-27-2008 02:56 PM

Parker's Interview On The FAN590
Did hear it myself, but courtesy of Hypz from the RealGM. :)


Originally Posted by Hypz
-Hurt his finger against Milwakee around April 9th.
-Finger bothered him at times, but he had to play through it.
-It was his decision to play through it, thought he could handle it and it would not become worse.
-Doesn't think it affected his game much, he only felt it afterwards.
-Currently spending time with the family
-Wearing a half-cast over his hand for 3 weeks.
-Once cast is off, its very easy to rehab the hand on his own
-Planning on working out with his usual guy in Tampa this summer
-Places more importance on conditioning than on playing actual basketball games in summer league

On exit interview with Sam and Collangelo:
-asked them what they want from him, what he can improve
-they said they'd consult him before any roster changes this summer
-thinks anything can happen, moves will be made, he sees nothing wrong if he is traded in order to make the team better

On last season for the Raptors:
-thinks biggest problem was inconsitency, not lack of effort or injuries
-disappointing end to the season, wanted to beat Orlando
-thinks Sam and Brian do a great job communicating to him as a co-captain
-thinks TJ & Calderon situation affected the dynamics of the team

Acie 05-27-2008 03:02 PM

The guy's a pro.

Dr. J. Naismith 05-27-2008 03:13 PM


Originally Posted by ACIEEARL40 (Post 33190)
The guy's a pro.

Who might be gone soon too. ;)

I also like he brought up the Jose/Ford dynamics too. :giggle:

Claudius 05-27-2008 03:24 PM

You know, it would be interesting to hear what their teammates have to say on the Jose/Ford situation and what they would like to see done, or who should go and stay.

dfunkie1 05-27-2008 03:26 PM

i think bosh would feel obligated to say ford since they're buddies.

And that's all folks!

Acie 05-27-2008 03:28 PM

I dont' know the chemistry Bosh and Calderon developed when Ford was hurt seemed to carry over once TJ was back.

Claudius 05-27-2008 03:32 PM

I'm just starting to think, from a team perspective, TJ hurt his image by visually sulking this season. And if he was my teammate, I wouldn't want him on this team at all because the other guy, busted his ass from his rookie season to his 3rd season and earned a job. The other guy complained until he got it back.

Again, if I was on this team, the guy who I'd want to say would be very obvious.

Krazy Ivan 05-27-2008 03:38 PM

He is solid, both as a player and as a person... but since Raps need to offer something more then just TJ in a trade he might get moved..

Belsius 05-27-2008 04:25 PM


Originally Posted by TuggleBled (Post 33194)
i think bosh would feel obligated to say ford since they're buddies.

And that's all folks!

I remember in one of his last interviews he said the guy he hanged out more with was Rasho, wich I found pretty funny. So apparently his relationship with bosh deteriorated.

LX 05-28-2008 07:00 AM

TJ visibly sulked. Calderon visibly sulked. The problem was not some kind of high-school social scene thing. The problem was gaining a stronger identity while going back and forth between two guys who both had ups and downs. The biggest problem was that when they both played well, it did not make a big enough difference in the way it had the previous season. So they need that extra ingredient for the benefit of either guy, as well as the rest of the team. They need to get away from being so dependent on Bosh and the pgs. So go with either guy, trade the guy who gets the best return, and go from there.

I think that anyone who thinks that TJ leaving would be addition by subtraction is missing something. If they can't get something back for TJ that will make Jose's life easier on both ends of the court, it will be a long season. But of course they can also trade them both.

Superjudge 05-28-2008 09:59 AM


Originally Posted by •LX• (Post 33274)
They need to get away from being so dependent on Bosh and the pgs. So go with either guy, trade the guy who gets the best return, and go from there.

The problem is, a full season with Calderon and this team wouldn't have been relying upon just Bosh and Caldy and the P&R. They would all have been getting regular, structured touches. I think the overall product would have been more effective with either just TJ, or just Calderon. I just think of THOSE two alternatives, I like the more rounded and balanced option Calderon gives the team.

Hey, so it took a year to figure it out, nothing ventured, nothing gained. But now, it's gotta be handled.

I'm just so excited to see what the GM can pull off, we all have to remember, other teams ain't out there to Help the Raps, so pulling a deal isn't childsplay like so many of you like to think it is with your predictions or trade scenario's. It's a real test, and there are about 100000 different things that can change, make, or break a potential deal.

Summer should be interesting, but I woul doffer this, it might also be a lot of decent sex, followed by no orgasm!

LX 05-28-2008 02:58 PM

When Jose was on his own he relied on Bosh far more than TJ. And he's not the kind of guy who can create all that many shots for other guys on a consistent basis, without giving up even more defensively in transition, and working too hard altogether. He makes good decisions and makes sure everyone gets touches, but he really needs a guy who can make the most of those touches, beyond Bosh, and then really bring everyone else into play much more. And there are still going to be times all the same when the defense plays off of him and forces him to be a shooter, and in those cases he better stop trying to offer structured touches.

Superjudge 05-28-2008 11:31 PM

You just said nothing.

I mean, you said some stuff, but it means nothing to me personally, no offence LX, I just see it differently than you.

LX 05-29-2008 02:39 PM

No offense taken. I see two point guards who both had a ton of assists and very few turnovers. And in the end that wasn't enough.

Any way - I took the time to actually listen to the interview in question here -


His comments about TJ were actually very sympathetic, and he made a point of saying that the team worked through the whole thing pretty good. The summary in the post was actually just Chuck's leading question which AP did a nice job of answering in some depth.

Superjudge 05-29-2008 03:27 PM

Ya, I hate when shit gets Para-phrased to death man.


Toronto was bad because the experiment didn't work, and they are "top three in conference" weak in the 2-3-5 positions. I know there ain't much to talk about if we don't talk about guys, but somehow everyone forgets that some guys on this team just aint that good.

I have always loved and supported Parker for his professionalism and Basketball IQ, but he isn't a dominant guard, he's an awesome role player on a championship team. Not the Starter.

Moon. Well. He was good in stretches, but he' san uncut diamond, potential don't win ya games in the present.

Bargnani had a horrid year.

And Bosh is not a presense in the paint.

This is why toronto fared how they did. It's simple stuff.

They need to seriously upgrade 3 positions.

One internally through Bargnani getting his ship righted, and two other through draft and trade scenarios.

They have two top teir PG's and a few good contracts to deal.

The question.....

Are there enough teams with enough f the proper puzzle pieces to make it all work?

We'll see.

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