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 82.games.com 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.