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Old 03-27-2008, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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"It shows great character,'' Ford said of Calderon's initiative to play second fiddle. "He's a team player.

"I think it worked well (last night) and hopefully we can build on this momentum."
Team-first mentality

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With Ford in the starting lineup, the Raptors will be in a better position to peddle the lightning-quick point guard, assuming he stays healthy for the balance of the season.

Many in the NBA wonder how the Raptors can keep both Ford and Calderon and have speculated that a move must be made either this summer or at next season's trade deadline.

Financially and practically, the Raptors can't keep both in the long run.


Rejuvenated Raptors beat Pistons 89-82

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The Ford-Calderon switch was made primarily to create a comfort level for Ford, who had been spotty as a backup. When he first came back from his injury, he said he'd be fine backing up Calderon for the rest of the season; his play lately proved that to be false.

"It's different makeups," said Mitchell. "You can't compare individuals, some people can do it, some people can't. Some people can do it more easily than others. It just depends on your makeup.

"We're just fortunate that we've got guys on our team that puts everybody ahead of their own personal goals. It doesn't tell me that Jose doesn't want to play and doesn't want to start, it tells me he understands that with 12 games to go, we have to do something different."


Changing of the guard

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"Jose, as much as I've respected him and I do respect him [my respect] goes through the roof because he always puts everyone before himself and he puts the betterment of the group [before him]," Mitchell said. "It's not 100 per cent that this is going to work, but we have to try something at this stage.

"We'd be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn't try."
Calderon explains

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What about your ego?

"I have an ego, but my team is first. I work for the Raptors and I play for the Raptors, I don't play for Jose Calderon. What I want is to be in the playoffs, I want to have a chance to play in the second round, so I don't try to be 20 points a game or something like that. I think this is a good idea to change everything so this is something I have to do.

Ford, Nesterovic lift Raptors to big win over Pistons

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"It was more natural for me today to prepare myself," Ford said." I think I prepared myself yesterday, all day. I really couldn't sleep.

"I knew I had to make a lot of adjustments to playing with these guys because I haven't played with them since I really returned in February. I think it worked out well tonight."
Ford gets what he wants: A chance to shine

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The move highlights the two major problems that have crippled this season. One, 2007 No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani, whom Nesterovic replaced, has been an almost complete bust in terms of development. And two, Ford's health and attitude have held this team hostage for months. One of those he couldn't control. One of them he should have been able to control.


Raptors top Pistons in possible first round preview

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Toronto stayed hot until the fourth quarter, when the Pistons began trapping with forward Amir Johnson and Tayshaun Prince.

"We kept changing defenses," Billups said, "and once we got aggressive in our half-court with a trap-zone, we sped up the game, they turned it over, and we closed the gap."


Pistons fall, but clinch

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"They were running that angle pick-and-roll and we couldn't get a handle on it," Billups said.

The Raptors built a 16-point lead two minutes into the fourth before the Pistons fought back.

"Once we got aggressive and started to trap and zone, we were able to force turnovers and we started to close the gap," Billups said.
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What about your ego?

"I have an ego, but my team is first. I work for the Raptors and I play for the Raptors, I don't play for Jose Calderon. What I want is to be in the playoffs, I want to have a chance to play in the second round, so I don't try to be 20 points a game or something like that. I think this is a good idea to change everything so this is something I have to do.”
How can you not love this guy?

I'm now in the camp of "If TJ plays well, we can trade him for a good player" .
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm now in the camp of "If TJ plays well, we can trade him for a good player" .
I think 95% of fans are on board with that idea too. I really hope Ford does well during this last stretch of the season.
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i wish i had something bad to say about her but i dont. but i think shes polish??!?!
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