Rosen's Two Cents Worth Regarding Our PG Situation
Old 03-22-2008, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rosen's Two Cents Worth Regarding Our PG Situation

He may be a goof, but he says it like it is.

Comparing Ford and Jose last night after the Cavs/Raptors game.

Originally Posted by Charley Rosen


Calderon displayed much more control than did Ford, not forcing any running situations, and avoiding madcap forays into the paint.

Meanwhile, Ford pushed the ball at a more rapid pace, but overhandled on four occasions, producing two missed shots and a pair of deflections that luuckily maintained possession for Toronto.

Both had identical success on their jump shooting — 3-7 — with Ford unleashing the only airball on a pull-up 17-footer.

Calderon drove-and-kicked three times, generating three points. Ford dribbled and passed four times, creating two points.

In addition to his three assists, Calderon's passwork generated 11 open shots that his teammates missed. Ford had three of these.

Calderon was able to finish twice — once on a fast break, and once after turning the corner on a high screen/roll. Ford was never able to complete any of his drives with a layup of his own.

Calderon's entry passes into posted teammates were much more effective than were Ford's.

Calderon set four hard-bodied screens, whereas Ford set none.

Calderon made no discernible mistakes in directing the offense. In addition to his penchant for pounding the ball into the floor, Ford erred in not shooting a pull-up in the third quarter with the shot clock about to buzz. Instead he juked around with the ball, plunged into the paint and shot a floater that came about two ticks too late.

Advantage: Calderon


Calderon made one misplay — not running all-out in a first-quarter transition and thereby permitting Delonte West to score a layup-plus-one. Ford was constantly burned when he wandered too far away from Damon Jones in futile attempts to help on LeBron James. As a result, Jones knocked down a pair of triples.

When Ford turned his head on defense, Jones was free to drop a 20-footer.

If Calderon was efficient in closing out perimeter shooters, Ford was not. He either arrived late, not at all or with a bang that sent Jones to the stripe.

Calderon was strong enough to beat West to a high screen/roll and then body him off his route. Meanwhile, Ford was run over repeatedly as though he was made of straw. And in the brief time that Calderon and Ford shared the court, Devin Brown quickly took Ford into the low post and scored on an easy turnaround jumper.

Overall, Calderon yielded a total of three points in head-to-head confrontations (all of them to West), while Ford was victimized for a total of 13 points (11 by Jones and two by Brown).

Advantage: Calderon

To clinch Calderon's advantage, the Raps were plus-six when he was on the court, and minus-13 when Ford was there.

On the basis of this game, as well as the past several weeks, it's clear that Toronto is much better off with Calderon getting the starter's minutes. Even more so considering how easily Ford could re-injure his spine. Ford would, however, make an excellent backup, one whose speed and ability to stop-and-pop could provide a dramatic change of pace with the second unit.

Too bad the chances of Ford accepting this kind of diminished role are nil.

Simply put, along with their other needs — like a powerhouse big man, and a creative wing — Ford must be traded and Calderon must be resigned for the Raptors to ever challenge the Pistons, Celtics, Magic and Cavs for supremacy in the East.

With all of Ford's physical vulnerabilities, it will undoubtedly be much easier to re-up Calderon than to find a new home for T.J. Even so, the Raps will in deep trouble if there's a Ford in their future.
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It cant be put anymore clear, but I have to say that it is not just to judge TJ on what he is doing on his worst time as a raptor.
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:19 PM   #3 (permalink)

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The problem I have is that this article could have been written for the past 6 losses.

And it also doesnt put any of the responsibility on Smitch.
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Since I seem to have been saying this for at least a year now, I choose not to comment. :|
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Seems a bit one sided, but overall it's in-arguable that we were better with Caldy last night and over the last couple games, just look at the +/-.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This has been my stand right from day one. It just has taken more time for others to really see that we are better with Calderon. I have been accused that I hate TJ Ford, well its not hate its basketball and whats better for the raptors.Will fans say that Charley Rosen hates TJ Ford...... I don't think so.
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Even though, I find Calderon's defense still a bit lacking, and Ford, more often than Calderon, has the quickness to steal a ball and a pass... this perfectly describes a typical Raptor game, and the core reason(s) of why we we reduce our chances of winning a game; or increasing our chances of being blown away.

I, also, think Calderon is passing up a lot of open looks in favor of the pass. He's not keeping his man honest on defense. But I guess I'd rather have him pass then over shoot. He needs to find that balance if no one else has the hot hand, for the game.
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Originally Posted by fho View Post

I, also, think Calderon is passing up a lot of open looks in favor of the pass. He's not keeping his man honest on defense. But I guess I'd rather have him pass then over shoot. He needs to find that balance if no one else has the hot hand, for the game.
This is actually text book basketball. By looking to pass the defender not only has to worry about his man and concentrate on what he's doing but has to focus on the man who got the ball too. It's actually much more difficult to guard a PG who looks to pass instead of shoot. When he only looks to shoot, you play for the shot and force him to react accordingly.

That being said, I think Calderon does need to assert his offensive game a tad more. I just don't think he wants to be the focus to be honest. I think he doesn't see the point almost to him producing while the rest of his team may struggle. He may just take the idea of what a PG is supposed to do, i.e look for his teammates, get them going etc. to heart.
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