Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jose Calderon vs. T.J. Ford

I don't want to yell reverse racism, but I have no other explanation for why Sam Mitchell plays TJ Ford over Jose Calderon. And I'm not just saying that because Calderon just put up back to back games of 7 points and 13 assists and then 19 points and 14 assists without Ford in the lineup.

Why are people not outraged over this egregious lapse in judgment?

According to adjusted +/- for the Raptors they are +2.9 points with Ford on the floor and +4.1 when he's not on the floor. When Calderon is on the floor, the Raps are +5.5. Without him they are +1.7. If you haven't figured it out, my visual analysis is supported by the mathematical analysis. Memo to Sam Mitchell: The Raptors are better with Jose Calderon on the floor.

Since T.J. Ford is continuously injured and in and out of the lineup, it makes sense to start Calderon to give the team a constant at point guard. Let Ford come off the bench and be an energy spark. Of course, the Raptors traded for Ford, who's got a nice big contract, and they want to see the return on their investment. If he goes to the bench, management would be criticized, despite the fact that Bryan Colangelo wasn't around for that deal.

By the way, Sam Mitchell has also taken Andrea Bargnani and Jason Kapono (both white) out of the starting lineup. Just saying.

And then also:
I bet even Sam Mitchell would like to see Marko Jaric playing for his squad as long Marko's hot ass girlfriend Adriana Lima is in the stands.

Much Respect to Tracy McGrady for going to visit Darfur and telling his story.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think that you are the racist one here. First of all Bargnani was replaced by Nesterovic who is obviously white so don't talk about racism.

I think that Jose is an outstanding point guard but at the end of the day he can't beat anyone off the dribble unless given a pick. he is a very good shooter (better than TJ) but defensively, he is not as good as TJ. Deron willinams and nate robinson would never break TJ's ankle on the cross over as they do to Jose. Futhermore, TJ improved a lot this season, and if it wasn't for him the raps wouldn't be over 500, he has been outstanding this season. And that game against ATL confirmed (to me at least) that TJ was the better player.

Now concerning Kapono, and your racism story, Jamario moon is obviouly a better defender than Kapono. Even in his best day Jason would not block shots like Jamario can, because he is a one dimensional player who is at his best coming off the bench and bringing instant offense.

Let's go Raps, Let's go TJ and let's go Jose. Instead of trying to create a problem that would obviously make the team lose games just support them.