Kapono shoots back

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

Raptors small forward Jason Kapono, revealing a comical side to his personality yesterday, is thrilled to have point guard T.J. Ford back in the lineup.

Toronto's second unit in particular suffered with Ford out 31 games with injuries.

Jose Calderon started at point guard with Ford gone and that often meant that Juan Dixon, who was traded to Detroit last week for Primoz Brezec, ran the second-unit offence. Dixon is not a true point guard and not having Ford or Calderon run the second unit really hurt bench players like Kapono and Carlos Delfino.

With Ford coming off the bench in Toronto's 102-98 win in Indianapolis on Monday, Kapono rebounded from two straight games with zero points with a nine-point, five-rebound effort. Delfino had 23 points, many from Ford passes.

Still, Kapono said it is Ford's special motivation that helps his game as much as anything. Kapono, one of the NBA's best three-point shooters, said Ford constantly makes fun of his athleticism, or lack thereof.

"He said that I have the worst vertical leap in the NBA," Kapono said. "(And) it's unfair, because I was born with that, so he's making fun of my mom and dad too. It's more of a personal issue. So I'm just out to prove that my parents are very talented people."

Kapono cracked everyone up when asked what his vertical leap is?

"(The height) of two Ritz crackers," he said. "Crumpled up."

FEELING GOOD

Chris Bosh said that he feels "blessed" that the foot problems which plagued him in seasons past have not been an issue this season, nor have any of his old knee issues.

"(All that) is behind me," Bosh said. "I still do the necessary things to make sure (the plantar faciitis) doesn't come back on both feet."


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