Why does everyone slam TJ Ford? He's not the best point guard in the world, but he's probably the second best player on the roster right now. I was just reading an NBA top 50 list from 2008 right after he was traded here and he was listed at #45, just one spot behind Granger. He hasn't lost a step at all, it's Jim O'Brien who is ruining him. He averaged 6, 7, 8 assists a game on a regular basis until he got here.
I can understand the Troy Murphy hate, but why TJ? He was considered a borderline all-star talent when he came here and he definitely still is, but our coach doesn't know how to use him (or how the game of basketball is played.)
Seriously, O'Brien, give this jack up the three crap up, where has it ever got you or anyone else? Does he think he's some kind of genius with his basketball "philosophy?" There's a reason nobody else follows your strategy...because it's retarded. Maybe if he had the up-tempo personnel for it, but for god's sake he was trying to go up-tempo when we had Jermaine O'Neal on the team. But let's not make this F O'Brien thread, it's just too easy.
It's just so disappointing to see TJ going to waste because he's probably one of the most talented players we've had come through for awhile. He would have had 15/8 handed to him on a silver platter if he had a halfway normal coach. Do people really think he's that bad? Of all the players on the team he's the quickest, best at creating his own shot, and perhaps the most clutch. He's a great passer too he just doesn't get the proper opportunities to showcase it.
He also had a great attitude even when he got dropped to THIRD STRING. I love AJ Price, but I think that was a tad harsh. You don't DNP CD your second best player. No way in hell is Earl Watson better...can barely even shoot above 40% and got waived by one of the worst teams in the league last year. TJ Ford has all-star potential...Earl Watson will never even be on the ballot.
I'm just sick of everyone dumping on him. He's had a rough year, but that probably has a lot to do with the coach. Cut the guy some slack.