Team-first mentality

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

Jose Calderon's stock around the NBA just got better with his selfless act of wanting to come off the bench, even though the Spaniard is a legitimate starter in this league.

Not that anyone doubted his skills to lead a team, but Calderon's team-first approach was reinforced when he took the unusual step, one that's unheard of in the me-first NBA, of asking the Raptors to play T.J. Ford with the starting unit.

Calderon is a restricted free agent this summer in a market where not many teams have a lot of cap space. Still, there will be interest in Calderon, but the Raptors have said that they will match any offer.

With Ford in the starting lineup, the Raptors will be in a better position to peddle the lightning-quick point guard, assuming he stays healthy for the balance of the season.

Many in the NBA wonder how the Raptors can keep both Ford and Calderon and have speculated that a move must be made either this summer or at next season's trade deadline.

Financially and practically, the Raptors can't keep both in the long run.

GARBO A NO-GO

While injured forward Jorge Garbajosa is more visible at practices and games, don't expect the Spaniard to return this season, which is no surprise given the seriousness of his ankle ailment and the necessary time to recovery.

The more you watch the Raptors, the more you realize how much they miss Garbo's presence on the floor.

When healthy, Garbo took charges, made deflections and played with an IQ that is among the highest in the league.

EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGES

Last night's game pitted two of the game's brightest minds in Detroit's Joe Dumars and Bryan Colangelo. Each executive calls the shots for their respective franchises without the meddling from ownership.


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