How 'bout them changes?
There's perception and there's reality.
The perception is that T.J. is being rewarded for not playing well by getting starting job back tonight.
The reality is things weren't working and it's better to salvage this situation and deal with the ramifications in the summer.
But, first, I do have to say this move says more about Jose Calderon than it does about any of the other principles involved. I know the dude talks about only wanting what's best for the team and how winning is all that matters, if this doesn't show it, I don't know what else does.
Now, on to the moves.
Ford's obviously been bad as a backup and was good as a starter. He is more likely now to get other people involved in the offence -- if he doesn't Bosh might smack him if Sam doesn't -- and play what we remember as his "regular" game.
The Rasho-Bargnani move? Makes entire sense, Rasho's been playing out of his mind the last month or so -- he's got to be in the top half of post defenders in the NBA -- and we've seen Bargnani struggle if he doesn't make his first couple of shots.
Maybe playing backups, and getting more touches, will allow him to feel more comfortable more often. I still say they need a three-man bigs rotation of Bosh, Bargnani and Rasho in the post-season, guess it really doesn't matter who plays when because most nights, Bosh and Rasho are going to finish games because they provide the most balance offensively and defensively.
But this does not -- I repeat DOES NOT -- mean that I think Bargnani's a bum and they should ship him out in the summer. The kid's still got sublime, diverse skills, they just have to be seen more often. And I think they will. I'm not making a pronouncement on his suitability until at least the halfway point of next season.
Now, how about Jose-T.J. in the summer? Does this move have any impact on that?
I still now Colangelo is going to re-sign Calderon and because Calderon is really okay with this move, I don't see how he'd feel it a slight that would drive him away.
And, maybe -- MAYBE -- this will enhance T.J.'s value on the trade market if Colangelo's thinking about packaging him and someone else for the wing they so desperately need.
I still think, if he comes back with the right frame of mind in October, that Ford would be an excellent backup, able to change the tempo of the game. He hasn't shown it in the last few weeks, though, which is why this change had to be made now.
I presume I'll be spending a good chunk of my afternoon posting comments. It'll keep me off the streets, I guess.