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Monday, July 03, 2006

Kahn says Raptors came out ahead

In his Ten Things We Learned in the NBA column, foxsports.com writer Mike Kahn says the Raptors' acquisition of TJ Ford provides another piece to the Raptor puzzle and rids Toronto of the underachieving F Charlie Villanueva.

I accept his opinion, but his reasoning in support of it is pretty thin. He says Ford is "in great shape" which is a bizarre observation since no one has ever questioned his fitness (unless he's talking about his spine but is "shape" the right word to use then?). He also says Ford is a "special point guard". That's more or less what you call a 'conclusory argument', i.e. -- "I said it therefore it is so". He offers no supporting evidence to persuade one that Ford is anywhere near special.

He goes on to write that Villanueva surprised people with his productivity as a rookie, but since he underachieved for Coach Jim Calhoun at Connecticut "there's a problem." Okay. So which is it, is he a surprisingly productive player, or is he an underachiever disguised as a surprisingly productive player? Enlighten us, Mr. Kahn. And what the hell difference does it make that he played for Jim Calhoun? That guy didn't distinguish himself as a coach last spring when his vastly more talented UConn team lost to little George Mason.

Oh, and by the way, while he calls Ford the "missing piece" or whatever to the Raptors puzzle, he doesn't really bother himself about what Villanueva might mean to the Bucks. The Bucks must have alot more pieces to fill. Wait, didn't the Bucks make the play-offs last year while the Raptors had one of the worst records in the Association? Pish, don't bother Mr. Kahn with boring details.


At July 3, 2006 at 7:42 PM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

The world's in love with Brian Colangelo.....that's pretty much what this is all about.

That's ok....let the people in Toronto deal with TJ's maturity...that's a bigger issue right now IMO than Charlie V's maturity question marks.

Nice blog...just stumbled on this site yesterday.

At July 3, 2006 at 7:48 PM, Blogger Sky Hook said...

Pressey, you just hit another beautiful finger roll.

I think you're absolutely right. Why else is it that every major sports website treats this as a Toronto deal and treats the Bucks as incidental players? ("Raptors deal for Ford")

At July 3, 2006 at 10:00 PM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

I think Colangelo is viewed so favorably because the fans and media love watching Phoenix play...its fun 80's style basketball....and people around the league love the Colangelo family...

Add in there his drafting of Marion, Amare, and signing Nash as all great moves. The topper was extorting out of Atlanta Diaw and two #1's for Joe Johnson. It's an impressive track record.

But people forget that stuff took five to six years to develop. Here's hoping Larry Harris has a 50-win season next year to start getting the same accolades.

It changes fast though. Two years ago, Joe Dumars was the boy genius....now his moves to let Memo go to Utah, draft Darko, and then dump Darko for cap room to re-sign Ben Wallace are looking terrible. The story has left Colangelo fast though....tonight John Paxson is the new boy wonder.

At July 4, 2006 at 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its hard to say this early in the trade.. Neither player has spoken so you really don't get a feel for their motivation... I have read that Charlie V. is a little upset about the trade which is not necessarily the case for TJ who is more than satisfied with the trade. I do think that TJ might work out better for the Raptors because they have an athletic surrounding cast which we did not...


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