Toronto Raptors: Is Trading José Calderon a Wise Move or an Overreaction?

September 21st, 2010 by Os Kavcar Leave a reply »
Probably the two most frequent criticisms that Bryan Colangelo heard last season were the lack of defensive grit and commitment and the below-average overall athleticism of the roster. 

It is only natural that the front office has been taking steps to heal those open wounds, while trying to recover from the departure of superstar forward Chris Bosh.

The first move was to bring in defensive mastermind P. J. Carlesimo. The fans (including myself) were so desperate to see some progress, they overlooked the fact that the front office had to overpay even the assistant coaches.

There is no doubt Carlesimo will make an impact this season, especially during training camp, as he excels where Jay Triano lacks. He is known to be a demanding coach, an excellent motivator, and the creator of efficient defensive schemes.

One wonders if he could benefit more from now-Suns forward Hedo Turkoglu, whom he worked with during their Sacramento Kings days.

That brings a whole set of new questions. The Raptors brought in the less-talented Leandro Barbosa in exchange for Turkoglu. However, nobody north of the border was particularly unh ...

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