I usually arrive at the Air Canada Centre on game nights around 4:30 to go over my notes and do some last minute research for the game. For the most part, the court is empty. However, two Toronto Raptors players routinely are shooting around with the coaching staff: James Johnson and Gary Forbes.
Johnson, unlike Forbes, has been able to enjoy the perks of his hard work as he has averaged 25.4 minutes per game while starting 32 of 45.
Forbes, for the most part, has languished on the bench. Being the fifth point guard is never a good role to have on any NBA team.
However, the combination of Toronto waiving Anthony Carter earlier this month, trading Leandro Barbosa at the trade deadline and Jose Calderon’s recent injury has opened up an opportunity for Forbes to prove he belongs.
“It helped me a great deal,” Forbes told me about his recent bump in playing time. “I just thank God for giving me the patience and dedication to keep working at times when I wasn’t even playing. I just kept...