No invite for Calderon

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Andrea Bargnani and Jorge Garbajosa are in.

Jose Calderon is going to get some down time.

As expected, the two Raptors rookies were selected to play in the Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, which pits the best rookies against the best sophomores. The league's assistant coaches make the selections.

Calderon, who had an outside shot at going as a sophomore, was left off. A strong guard class that includes Deron Williams of Utah, Chris Paul of New Orleans, Luther Head of Houston, Raymond Felton of Charlotte and Monta Ellis of Golden State was the reason.

Head coach Sam Mitchell wasn't worried about Calderon taking the decision personally.

"I'm about as disappointed as I think Jose is," Mitchell said, looking anything but disappointed. "You talk to people around the NBA and they all think the world of Jose as a person and as a player."

As for any anticipated impact on the rookie game, Mitchell's money sounds like it's on Bargnani.

"I think Andrea might surprise you," Mitchell said.

The all-star type format would not seem to be up Garbajosa's alley, a hard-working, don't worry about the stats sheet type of player.

"I think with Garbo it's more (recognition) that he has proven to people he can play in the NBA."

FORD RETURNS

T.J. Ford was not in the starting lineup, but he was back on the court for the first time in five games.

Ford, whose ankle was still giving him pain as recently as Tuesday, is being eased back into the lineup.

Calderon, who has been filling in at the point for Ford, played the majority of the minutes in the first half last night.

OFF THE RIM

Fred Jones was inactive last night with a dislocated middle finger on his right hand ... Mitchell said he was no more worried about the Raptors who are going to the all-star game getting rest than he is the one's who weren't. "You think the guys who aren't going there are going to get any rest?"


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