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Old 07-04-2008, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Summer '08 Players to Watch - Jose Calderon

Thank goodness for the Olympics this summer. Will definitely help with an actual basketball fix during the lull of the off-season.

Goooo Jose and Gooo Spain.

Originally Posted by Dime Magazine
But if there is one player most responsible for the Spaniards posing a threat to knock off the U.S., itís Jose Calderon. You see, international competition is just like the NCAA Tournament; itís all about the guard play. And Calderon is coming off a season in which he established himself as one of the best point guards in the world. Splitting duties with T.J. Ford for the Toronto Raptors, the 26-year-old Calderon averaged 11.2 points and 8.3 assists (fifth-best in the NBA) while posting a 5.38-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, the best in the League. In February he was considered one of the biggest All-Star Game snubs, and later helped lead the Raps to a second straight playoff berth. Calderonís value was perhaps best displayed when Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo publicly stated in a mid-season ESPN podcast that the franchise would be more than willing to open up the checkbook and do whatever it took to keep Calderon, a restricted free agent this summer.

Between a healthy contract from Toronto or another NBA squad, and a medal shining gold, silver or bronze from Beijing, this should be an offseason full of riches for Jose Calderon.
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