Sekeres: The dangers of Ford
Old 03-14-2008, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Holy .... this guy doesn't hold back at all on his opinions of Ford.

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Hereís the thing about T.J. Fordís ball-hogging in the fourth quarter: it has the potential to really disrupt the team, and it could also affect Jose Calderon.

The more Fordís teammates stand around watching him go one-on-five in the clutch, the more they are going to get pissed off. Remember, these are NBA players and some of them are quite talented offensively, so they donít take kindly to being wallflowers in the T.J. Ford Show.

Sam Mitchell says that his wings sometimes just hand the ball back to Ford when he does pass it, but that could be the first sign that they are peeved, especially if Ford only gets them the ball late in the shot clock. As in: ĎIím not going to take a low percentage shot up against the clock, since you like the ball so much, here, you bail us out of this mess.í If players are putting teammates in bad situations out of spite, thatís dangerous.

The other potential pitfall has to do with Calderon. Presumably, his teammates like it better when he is at the point, but Calderon cannot try to overcompensate for Fordís lack of playmaking. He canít refuse open shots he would normally take just because the ball doesnít move as well when Ford is on the floor. He canít let the new-TJ create a new-Jose.

Minus Chris Bosh, the Raptors have to re-invent themselves on the offensive end. There is no question that dribble penetration by the lightning-quick Ford is one of the teamís best options. Ford just has to find a better shoot-pass balance. He seemingly has it figured out in the first half Ė at least he did Wednesday in Golden State with 10 points and seven assists Ė and hereís betting that he corrects the situation before this road trip is finished. Ford was never known as a shoot-first point before, and with a day off Thursday, Mitchell or mentor John Lucas had some time to talk to him.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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More and more signs of things to come.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It seems that in the last couple weeks, we've abandoned the ultra slow move it around, find the open man, no turnovers pace we had with Calderon only. That's why our offensive #s look the same as it did with Bosh, with worse d. It's not that Bosh helps us more on d than he does on offense, we're just playing quicker now, and I'm not sure it helps us. That's why I think Jose is struggling, his linemates are stuck in between up-tempo Ford and low-tempo Jose, in the past the opposition was the ones who would struggle to adapt when the new guy came in, now it's us... In any case, I think that's a problem that can work itself out with more coaching. But I do prefer our slow, disciplined, clean move around basketball that we played before.
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Old 03-14-2008, 05:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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before he came back, toronto was on the verge of really solidifying that beautiful ball movement offence.

they were hitting shots like mad.

everyone was involved.

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Old 03-15-2008, 07:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok, we all know the real problems with this team lie on the defensive end of the floor, right?

I mean, we could talk all we want about Ford hogging the ball, and I'd be the first to demand him being summarily executed for that, but the biggest issues BC will face this summer have to do with defence.

He signed Kapono last off-season, and many of us have criticized the move mainly because it didn't improve the team defesively. Delfino was supposed to be helpful in that respect, but is not nearly consistent enough to be counted on to stop people every single night. Ditto for Moon, whose unwillingness to drive to the hoop is only superceded by his ability to let people drive by him. Blocks or no blocks, that just shouldn't happen this often!

In short, the Raps as currently constructed are, quite likely, the worst defensive team in the league. We feature so many horrible individual defenders that, combined with our coaches' inability to institute a decent defensive system to cover individual weaknessess, spells doom to any hopes of this unit growing into contenders.

As such, BC will do some serious cleanup this summer. He has to make decisions with regards to Rasho, Ford, Calderon, Delfino, Graham, Baston, Martin, Brezec - some should be let go, others could be used as a trade material because of other teams' needs or the expiring contracts - but the end result MUST be an improved team defence, no matter what.

A trade that I've come up with last night, probably out of sheer despair after watching that "game" - Ford going back home to Houston for Battier. Yes, we'd have to take the filler from Rox (or maybe construct a bigger deal), but we'd get back another glue guy and a solid defender while shipping out a malcontent. We'd also need to find a more athletic two who is capable of beating his man off the dribble and defending his position better than Parker. And, probably the most painful decision of all - BC will possibly have to make a call on Bargnani-Bosh frontcourt experiment. I pray that Bargs gets another year to improve and show his growth, but right now, that pairing looks quite horrible to anyone who've observed the team this season.

In short - get ready for a wild off-season, folks.
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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No doubt they'll changes but I don't think it'll be as drastic as your alluding too Mike. Rasho will be moved but likely not till the trade deadline next season which I don't mind because as much as people laugh at Rasho, I think he's been one of our most consistent big men if not the most consistent this season. He can still be effective on both ends of the floor and also be a solid veteran to have around for such a young team. But if BC has the option to move him then I definitely won't argue that.

Delfino I fear is going to get Kapono type money and if that's the case then I don't see us being able to keep him. Would I? Definitely. I realize he's sometimes inconsistent, but he's been the only spark off the bench for a team that was suppose to have one of the deepest benches in all of the NBA. Not the case. In fact, we don't have much depth at all anymore.

Graham, Primoz, Martin are all as good as gone considering their all in their final season of their contracts and Baston should and will hopefully be waived this summer. Most of the cap provided with them gone will allow us to keep Jose hopefully. That being said I refuse to watch this team for another season flip flop with the controversy called "Forderon". For that I welcome your fantasy trade Mike because Battier is just what we need for this team. Only problem being, good luck in finding a team willing to take on T.J.. And that not a knock on his game, but more the size of his contract and his extensive history of serious injuries.
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree on a lot of your points. The only thing I would argue is that we're not that poorly constructed for defense. I think we just need a good defensive strategy. The team has proven that they can literally shut down opponents when they want to. It's just too bad those instances are becoming a rarity. If players like Moon and Delfino could actually defend the way they were expected to, we'd probably have a couple extra wins.

I think we're just a very poor communicating team. The only person who really keeps everyone in on the play is Jose because he's approaching team mates and talking. Ford almost never does that. When defensive breakdowns happen, who's out there yelling? Primoz, the NEW guy.

But you're right, there is room for improvement and I'd like BC to try to pick up some assets, but not just for the sake that they're European. I'd rather acquire one guaranteed star player rather than gamble on 5 potentials and hope one is a diamond in the rough.
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, we do have defense, but it is the balance of your offense and if I remember right basketball is a team effort, and that is the difference between
Tj and Jose, Jose is a magnet he'll get everybody involved in both ends, to the point that you won't be able to single out a guy on our defense for good or for bad, even to the point that if you lose the game, you lose with dignity and you know that you put all you effort, and my friends this is what we saw happening while Tj was out, we saw a block, getting the best out of everybody just because they were playing with confidence, as far as I know basketball is not a game that you play only with your head you have to involved your heart, as I see the Raptors right now they are heartless, as a matter of fact they look like they are in the operation room and Sam doesn't know what to do with this open heart surgery, he is the one calling the shots and as far I know a good coach only improved from the previous game either you win or you lose there is always something to take for the next game, we were good until Tj and Tj ego came back, this is not about sharing minutes between Jose and Tj, this is about believe and making believe that we have a project, why sacrifice it just because somebody ego, it doesn't work that way unless you want to play pick-up basketball, which is what we watched lately,
Oh if you guys watch the top teams beside having superstars they have a project that they stick and believe on it. So Sam you are holding the future of the team, a good meal is not just about the ingredients only, more important it is the way you cook them, so please I don't care if we win or we lose as long we play with some dignity. Good luck.
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I agree on a lot of your points. The only thing I would argue is that we're not that poorly constructed for defense. I think we just need a good defensive strategy. The team has proven that they can literally shut down opponents when they want to. It's just too bad those instances are becoming a rarity. If players like Moon and Delfino could actually defend the way they were expected to, we'd probably have a couple extra wins.

I think we're just a very poor communicating team. The only person who really keeps everyone in on the play is Jose because he's approaching team mates and talking. Ford almost never does that. When defensive breakdowns happen, who's out there yelling? Primoz, the NEW guy.

But you're right, there is room for improvement and I'd like BC to try to pick up some assets, but not just for the sake that they're European. I'd rather acquire one guaranteed star player rather than gamble on 5 potentials and hope one is a diamond in the rough.
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