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.