His main competition for playing time is no longer on the team, and the pressure to produce is now squarely on Ford’s shoulders: “Jarrett Jack is with the Toronto Raptors, and team officials let Ford know early in the offseason that he’s the starter. Earl Watson who signed a one-year deal, will be his backup. Now it’s up to Ford to produce. ‘It’s about being consistent,’ Ford said. ‘I have a good feel for the guys now. I’m just trying to do everything possible to get into the playoffs. That’s the biggest thing for me. I don’t want to miss it two years in a row. Just try to do whatever it takes to win; whether it’s offensively or even defensively.”‘
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