Jose Manuel Calderon Rumors

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Jose Calderon
Jose Calderon
Position: -
Born: 09/28/81
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Earnings: $86,202,087 ($97,424,886*)
The Cavs had just lost to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals when JR Smith forgot the score and dribbled the shot clock out at the end of regulation. Cleveland’s players were already in the locker room waiting for James when he entered and proceeded to punch one of the white boards with his shooting hand, causing a bone contusion that later required a soft cast. “Yeah we were there but didn’t know it was that serious,” former Cavaliers point guard Jose Calderon told Bleacher Report. “We kept going on with our meeting. There wasn’t a lot of talking after that game. We didn’t know how bad (LeBron’s hand) was in that moment.”
“There was a lot of tension,” Calderon said. “At that moment, that was our chance. We go to the free-throw line with George Hill, one of the best free-throw shooters ever and he makes the first one. I’m thinking at least we’ve got the tie. With the second one, everything happened so quick. “The miss. The rebound. Everybody’s expecting JR to just go up, but he runs out and the game ends. Going to overtime was difficult. We didn’t really have a chance in overtime to win that game.”
And so began the Jose Calderon Sisyphean Point Guard battle. It’s something I wrote about plenty when I was only writing as a hobby on the side. It was fascinating to me that over the years the Raptors would bring in a number of point guards to supplant Calderon, only for Calderon to continually prove the better starting option. It began, somewhat, with James, more on aesthetic term and age than performance. Calderon then transitioned into a He Should Play More All-Star in the Forderon years, then fought off Jarrett Jack and Jerryd Bayless. To this day, the first Rudy Gay trade remains nearly as important to the success of this Raptors’ era as the second, because who’s to say even Kyle Lowry could have beaten out Calderon for a starring role? (I am. Lowry is. It would have been the end of the Calderon victory cycle. But Calderon started at least part-time in Detroit, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Cleveland after leaving.)
I found something remarkably admirable in Calderon’s ability to oscillate between roles and quietly continue to outperform expectations and glossier options, all while profiling as a beloved teammate and franchise figure. That longevity had him atop the Raptors’ all-time leaderboard for assists until recently, and he remains one of the more decorated long-time Raptors from a statistical perspective. He also, of course, added the 3 to his game to become a lethal (if too unselfish) multi-level shooting threat, leading the league in 3-point percentage in 2012-13 and free-throw percentage in 2008-09.
An aside: I remember one time when Calderon returned to Toronto as a member of the visiting team (I want to say the Hawks in 2016-17), someone brought up his historic free-throw season in the locker room. Calderon sunk 87 consecutive free throws, the second-longest streak in league history (97, Michael Williams), that year, and his full-season mark of 98.1 percent at the line remains an NBA record. The person who was remarking on the feat, though, got the number wrong. Calderon politely corrected him that he’d made 151-of-154, only to be argued with. Calderon, in his friendly demeanour, assured this person he was wrong. I ultimately looked up the stat to have Calderon’s back. He was very gracious in his correctness.
“I was talking to a few teams, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play one more year,” Calderon said. “If I wasn’t going to play for a team with a chance to win and I wasn’t going to play a lot of games, it didn’t make sense. I knew I would miss my family. I started thinking, ‘is it really going to add a lot to my career if I play another year.?’ I had already played 14 years. Why add another year, just because I could? “When I put everything on the table this was a great offer. I’m learning from every side; basketball operations, financial and legal. It’s perfect. And it’s just one subway stop from my house. I wanted my family to be happy. And they’re happy.”
Storyline: Jose Manuel Calderon Retirement