Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 1:43 pm  |  315 responses

What’s My Name?

Jose Calderon needs one.

Jose CalderonThis month’s target is Raptors’ point guard Jose Calderon, who is healthy and in full control of the Toronto offense. After recording the highest assist to turnover ratio in six seasons, Calderon proved he can protect the ball better than anyone in the NBA. Now he needs a handle worthy of his, well, handle.

Whoever has the best nickname will win a dope prize and get their name in Trash Talk next month.

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  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    first let me think about this one.
    JRS ONE?

  • http://anothersamchan.com Sam


  • Mike

    he is the “TORERO”. You know, the guy that drives the bull until cames “the MATADOR” to kill it…yeah…spanish things.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    James wins. Contest over. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/jswaby Jason

    - Spanish Fly
    - The Spaniard
    - Numero Ocho (announcer at the ACC says that)
    - Senor Back Court

  • Ken

    If AI is “the Answer,” then Calderon is the Spanish Inquisition.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Jose “Not the one that does your lawn” Calderon

  • aaron

    - The Spanish Cup?
    - El Cupo?

    Get it? He protects the ball…

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    His last name sounds like Cauldron, like those melting pots harry potter mixes potion mixes. So i dub thee: JOSE CALDERON AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE!

  • Brey

    The reptile

  • jose

    JC Penny

  • http://www.espaciocubico.com Jeronimo

    LOL @ Ken’s comment.

  • The Black Clark Kent

    +1 Ken.

  • fluxland

    Healthy? I think not. And he already has a few: El Matador, Numero Ocho, Trifecta etc.

  • http://www.sheysmith.com Shey

    The Spanish Influencah

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose


  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Whoops, JC8

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    CalderONE, because he’s the number one point guard in the East.

  • Tom

    The only way “El Matador” could be a better nickname is if he played on the Bulls.

  • JMac

    Spanish Sensation

  • ReuBen MAck

    el Lobo (the Wolf), – el Buitre (the Vulture) or EL diablo

  • The other Mike

    How about Jose “I should switch on screens so VC doesnt hit two buzzer-beaters to kill us” Calderon

  • fluxland

    Mike – Matador is more appropriate, seeing how he lets opposing guards blow by him. OLE!!! OLE!!!!

  • http://www.sonicbids.com/shaemorin doyouwantmore

    I miss the days when only a few players got nicknames.

    Having said that let’s call him Pepe. It’s the nickname given in spain to people named Jose.

  • Big Vrez

    Ocho Gallo – Ocho is 8, and Gallo is Rooster… notice his hands once he (or any Raptor) hits a three

  • Big Vrez

    oops… i hit submit too fast… Ocho Gallo – Ocho is 8, and Gallo is Rooster… notice his hands once he (or any Raptor) hits a three, they look like roosters!

  • BEEF

    empleado numero ocho (employee number eight)

  • DD

    (The) Tamer.

  • http://www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/hollie30 K Holls

    Spanish Thunder

  • Gumdrop

    Quantum Leap.
    No reason, I just wanted to reference the TV show Quantum Leap.

  • Gumdrop

    JC Penny.

  • NosebleedSeats

    El Basketballo Playero
    Jose Calderon
    No, not him…the other white guy on the court.
    Um…Mr. Calderon
    The starting PG for the Raps
    El Ballo Handlero y Passero y Occasionallyo Scorero

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Call Deron, because he’s got work to do!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    “Hoes Say Cal Deron”

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    dammit Gerard, stealin my thunda!

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Rubio’s big brother.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    or Rubio’s Cuz.

  • Can

    No Way! Jose…

  • http://moneybills2cents.blogspot.com/ Money Bill Williams

    Hank Azaria’s twin

  • http://moneybills2cents.blogspot.com/ Money Bill Williams

    BETCATS + 5

  • chintao

    One Way Jose, since he only plays O.

  • http://moneybills2cents.blogspot.com/ Money Bill Williams

    Fire Jose’

  • http://moneybills2cents.blogspot.com/ Money Bill Williams

    I watched snatch on dvd the other night so bullet tooth jose

  • Sylvan Zarwell

    Run JMC

  • Louis Cove

    Jose “All Day” Calderon he can hit 3′s all day so funny i was watchin the raps game on friday and he hit 3 after 3 after 3 and i was like wow they need to do one of these on him

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    lol thanks RYNE!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    en punto

  • German Reignman


  • FLUD

    Hose B

  • Shaun Ow Yang

    Conquistador – because he’s bringing Canada under Spanish rule!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Jose the Bear Fighter

  • Sean Gaudet

    The Spanish Fly

  • thomasmmm


  • http://www.youtube.com/mandiixoxo Amanda

    Okay, why is 99% of all his nicknames have some Spanish relevance?
    what if JC just wants some
    “White Chocolate”.
    I’ll stick with that one.

  • http://joebasketball.blogspot.com JoeBasketball

    El asesino (the assassin)

  • collin

    el assisto
    (cause he’s rackin up assists)
    or S.D.D. (spanish dime dropper)

  • chris

    googly bear xD

  • http://myspace.com/xtreme2inspire Aarron


  • mumadone

    Gotta give it to nose bleed, that sh was hilarious. El Ballo Handlero……

  • Diego

    Jose “Candela” Calderon. Candela means fire in spanish.(You know its good)

  • Sean Gaudet

    The Matador

  • Ryan Collins-Swartz

    The Spanish Fly

  • MeloMan13

    JC Dime

  • MeloMan13

    JC Dime…

  • http://cedricalvinezyahoo.com cedric

    the Ocho, Ocho Special

  • http://cedricalvinezyahoo.com cedric

    the spanish fly

  • http://cedricalvinezyahoo.com cedric


  • http://cedricalvinezyahoo.com cedric


  • GOAT

    Forget the nickname……can we get an article on Jose in an upcoming mag please?

  • dfgdg

    Pure Ice

  • PDoug

    how bout joseight? or I was actually gonna say JC dime. Meloman beat me to it though

  • Ali

    El Diablo

  • http://tanefchotmail.com.au Tane

    El nino!! Changes the climate of the game every time he’s on the court!!

  • Ye

    You know him and his brother are firemen right?
    His bros called a hose-b.
    That was awful right..

  • adbphilly

    The Insane Game of Spain

  • adbphilly

    The Spanish General

  • adbphilly

    the spanish express

  • adbphilly

    No way Jose

  • http://cedricalvinezyahoo.com cedric

    the spanish pg

  • http://deleted Fresh


  • Sean Gaudet

    The Spanish General

  • Hustonelli

    No Way Jose Turnover Calderon

  • thesubwayconnection

    The man with no backup.

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    Ho Ho Jose- he’s like Santa, in that every pass he makes is a gift to his teammate worth easy points

  • teo

    Cortez, cuz hes the floor general of his team

    Jose Cortez Calderon

  • NosebleedSeats

    Jose Cero-Ocho

  • John Kim


  • John Kim

    srry about that erase Mr. Uno ,, i’ll go with
    “JC8 Da TRES”

  • Luis Moreno

    Auto-Pilot because he’s always in control.

  • rob stewart

    “Mr. Perfecto” he hasn’t missed a free throw yet this season

  • Browny

    Jose Claredon pass

  • Tom

    El Conquistador

  • olivier cadieux

    jose “ the little spanish“ calderon

  • olivier cadieux

    jose“ mr.free throw“calderon
    jose “mr.free shot“calderon

  • olivier cadieux

    jose“ mr.free throw“calderon

  • http://Comcast.net gage henderson

    Número uno
    Mr.fall back team!!! Bcuz u might as well
    Jose “shootin as sharp as a raptor tooth”
    The “raptor claw” cuz he does damage

  • JMac

    El Potencia Raptor – The Force of a Raptor

  • http://www.youtube.com/MJdunkman MJdunkman

    Speedy Gonzales?

  • Cameron


  • Conor

    Jose “the spanish bullet” Calderon

  • Conor

    The silver spainrard because he came in 2nd in the Olympics

  • kyle

    Senor Baloncesto Senor-Mr. Baloncesto-Basketball

  • ghoct

    RUN JMC cause hes runs the raps as their floor general and his initials are J. M. C. Jose manuel calderon

  • Tyler Sayre

    Jose “Takillya Crossover” Calderon

  • sam

    spanish salsa

  • Roni Eerikäinen

    Jose “Los Serrano” Calderon

  • Kevin

    KG’s biggest enemy.

  • James

    Cuervo with Dimes

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    El Matedor

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    The burning Caulderon

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    The bubbling Caulderon

  • http://slamonline.com joshua

    Jose”SPANISH FLU”Calderon he’s contagious

  • http://slamonline.com joshua

    Jose”the Spanish flu” Calderon because he assists the sick

  • niQ

    the gatorade boy

  • Will

    Jose “Ownz” Caulderon… sounds beautiful if you know how to say his name right ;)

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    “El Matador”
    “The Bull”
    “The Matador”

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Conquistador

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • Tang

    José Olé!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    El Pollo Loco

  • Will

    Jose “Ownz” Calderon

  • Will

    Jose “Perfecto” Calderon

  • Matthew Lopez

    -El Conquistador
    -El Pasante
    -Mr. Assistente
    -Senor 4.73(assist to turnover ratio b4 lakers game on nov 30, 2008)
    -Senor 5.38(assist to turnover ratio in 07-08)
    -El Manipulador
    -El Dinosaurio

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    ^^^ for his 100% from the free throw line and for his game, I guess you could say.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ James the balla: I don’t think you realize why JRS-One fit only for JR. Smith. First of all, his name is J.R. and his number is 1. Then the S is like “is”. So JRS-One = J.R. is 1. One can also mean number one, as in awesome, which adds to his nickname.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Well that’s my take on that nickname.

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • DellaBalla

    Jose “Call your mom” Calderon

  • zee jay

    mad spanish ankle breaker

  • http://yahoo.com john guth

    el paso

  • http://yahoo.com john guth

    the canish

  • http://yahoo.com john guth

    spanish magic

  • Braydon

    “JH 8″

  • Pete Myers

    “El real veedor”, The Royal Guard, because he protects the most valuable thing in the world: The Rock.

  • Sean Gaudet

    The Spanish Sensation

  • amrit

    Sr. ocho

  • amrit

    señor ocho

  • amrit

    ocho pelota

  • amrit

    JOLE!! JOLE!!!

  • Luis

    Speedy Gonzales

  • Luis


  • Luis

    8th Wonder
    Joseron 8

  • Luis

    8 bank because the ball is safe with him

  • Luis

    Hot Enchilada

  • Dave

    Dodge….(Ford’s replacement)

  • bobby stew

    “Can’t miss kid”- he’s 43-43 on FT’s

  • http://celtics.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    FireStarter-for the $hi& he talks and the energy he brings.

  • Jason Young

    Jose “the calm” Calderon

  • Jason Young

    Jose “Castellon G” Calderon

  • Jason Young

    Jose “The Octopus” (8) Calderon

  • Ahmed

    Jose “El Ocho” Calderon

  • Ahmed

    “El Ocho”

  • Ahmed


  • Tyler Caswell

    “Insane from Spain”

  • poohbiz

    Joh! canada

  • zeb dawson

    the spanish inquisition because he’s killin the wannabe guards

  • ZrB


  • Zekemc42

    always delivering!!
    is the nickname that already received from the media in Europe..

    take care ya ll..

  • MD


  • Lukie


    Jose “The Surgeon” Calderon

  • TO

    Jose ‘la emeneza espanola’ Calderon… the spanish menace. it sounds better in spanish

  • TO

    Jose ‘la arana’ Calderon. Arana is an 8 legged spider spider. Jose is number 8…

  • KJM

    Jose “Boiling Hot” Calderon

  • Dominic

    Jose Cald”upon”
    get it…..

  • Vamsi

    El diablo
    spanish fire
    burning sun
    The heat
    spanish heat

  • J.R.

    i like the spanish inquisition and jose calderon and the goblet of fire

  • carlo g

    spanish j..


    el bolero..

    jose de ocho..

  • Stewart Hoskins

    The first thing that pops into my head is “spanish fly” but I’m gonna save that one for Rudy. For Jose I’m thinking “all day” or just plainly like you said yourself “the handle”.

  • j-boogie

    Jose 40-calderon…..ol boy is dangerous!

  • Scott aka T-Wrexx

    Jurassic 8

  • DEE


  • Justin

    “Ocho Loco”

  • Slick Rick

    How about Jose “handle-ron” Candleron

  • Slick Rick

    Or just Jose Handleron

  • KT

    Jose aka Spanish assasin

  • Evan Walker

    1) Conquistador
    2) El Toro
    3) Assistant
    3) Ron Quixote (instead of Don Quixote)

  • RaN II

    Jose Holds His Own Calderon

  • Jesse Meyerowitz

    Jose cal 8 or Point Guard of the year!!!

  • http://slammagazine Alfredo Ortegon

    1. The Zorro Distributor
    2. The Gachupin Dimes
    3. Siesta Assasin

  • Joe A

    Jose “Doesn’t really deserve a nickname” Calderon

  • http://quinnspage.homestead.com Q-Tip


  • Chris Waaka

    Commando Jose

  • HyunATL

    the spanish advantage

  • HyunATL

    dos duro (a dime in spanish currency before the euro)

  • Manjo Gabor


  • Joe Pennell

    In reference to that first comment, i dont think miketheballa got the SLAM issue when hip hop and basketball started coming together. As far as the nickname..”Spanish-Dish” or “Scalding Calderon”

  • Bigg CA$E

    Jose “Cuervo” Calderon

  • Nicholas

    Jose “Jolly Cruspainiard 8″ Calderon

  • zdawg

    Jose “JC The Spanish Wonder” Calderon

  • Foster Herriot

    JC Money

  • Foster Herriot


  • Foster Herriot

    El Jose Diablo

  • Andrew


    hose as in garden hose

  • Tristan Elledge

    Ocho Asistirs – Eight Assists in Spanish

    JC Dime

    Spanish Canadian

  • http://Comcast.net gage henderson

    The raptor tooth because he’s so sharp at the point
    The calculator because he hits threes all day
    The pupil bcuz he’s in everybodies eye
    The wal mart rollback because he makes everything free

  • chase

    “No Way” Jose

  • chase

    Jose Calder”one”

  • http://fonshaqyahoo.com fons

    Ocho magico

  • pedro

    el Senor ocho

  • Michael Mullery

    ‘Jose Joke’ because his handles make the defenders look like jokes

  • judah

    The B.C’s J.C

  • zeb dawson

    spanish inquisition because he makes everyone inquire who the best point guards in the league are

  • conor

    TJ who? kid

  • Zrb

    tip to the edge

  • Sam Z

    el ocho loco

  • TO

    Jose ‘all day’ Calderon

  • BalheR

    “Dime Dropper”

  • Pboy

    “The Calling”
    “Who You Gonna Call?”
    “Calderon the Control”
    “The Coordinater”

  • Pboy

    “Ontario’s Operator”

  • OLI


  • what the duece

    Fat Joe

  • J Buckets

    Don Calderon

  • amrit


  • voodoo

    jose “los dedos” calderon

  • tater totz

    Jose O.K.
    because when he hits threes his hands look like the sign for O.K.

  • tater totz

    Jose the Gr8

  • tater totz

    (the spanish Armada)…. thats a real thing rite?

  • tater totz

    Joly Crap!
    (instead of Jose its Joly)

  • miles

    the spanish doughboy

  • Vince

    Jose “the one to count on” Calderon

  • grillzboy224

    El Senor Loco

  • Nick

    The Spanish Assassin

  • antoineking@rocketmail.com

    El caliente’

  • Omeed from Denmark

    Speedy Gonzales

  • Omeed from Denmark

    El Diablo

  • http://Slamonline Yatah


  • http://Slamonline Yatah


  • FBN

    Jose Calls-Deron

    For the bes PG yo know

  • Niku

    Ocho no-Cinco

  • Robert

    “clavador” bucket f*cker in spanish

  • brand new

    “barney” isnt their mascot a purple dino?
    or “cabbie”

  • Yuri Balmaceda

    “El Conquistador”
    “El Tolero”
    “El Mesero”

  • JPinyourmouth

    J Cizzle, ocho bueno, joes “tu madre” calderon

  • Sean Gaudet

    C’mon SLAM it’s my birthday. Let me win the dope prize and get my name in trash talk

    the Ocho, Ocho Special

  • Sean Gaudet

    the Ocho, Ocho Special

    C’mon it’s my birthday!

  • Philip Drost

    Spanish Super-man

  • Philip Drost

    How about the “Silent Assasin” it only fitting since he can kill you from the charity strip. look at his numbers, he is 100% from the line and has just beat the Raptors record for consecutive free throws made

  • MC


    JoeCool or CoolCal


  • lukie

    Jose “The Don Juan” Calderon

    or Jose Suave

  • Brock Dyck

    Jose “puts the pain in spain” calderon

  • Sean Gaudet

    The Don Calderon

  • ric

    Jose Suave is good. . . . I can’t think of nuthin for the man

  • Victor

    Calderon The Gr8

  • El Capitan

    Jose “Cold As Ice” Calderon

  • El Capitan

    Jose “El Capitan” Calderon

  • CB

    Jose “El Matador” Calderon

  • JB Pitts

    Dirty Ice

  • JB Pitts

    Charity Snipe cus he hits everything from there

  • JB Pitts

    The dopeman cus thats what he is

  • Sean Belanger

    el matador

  • Sean Belanger

    le guerrier the warrior

  • gregr

    8 of Spain (Ace of Spades)

  • HyunATL

    el fuego

  • HyunATL


  • http://weezy.org weezy

    J-Cal 8

  • andy

    the Spanish Armada

  • JWW

    latino heat
    el increible

  • Sean Gaudet

    Jose the Conquerer

  • Sarjam

    has infiinity skills and full power

  • Starjan

    the flash
    the speed
    the reovery man
    spanish game winner
    spain heroe

  • http://nba.com jimmy


  • http://nba.com jimmy


  • Sandeep Chelliah

    The Spanish Fly

    He’s quick with the dribble and can drive in opening up his teammmates.

  • Cameron

    “The Inquisitor” because he plays to remove all doubt

  • Djuka

    Manual because his middle name is Manuel and he’s got a sick handle or a sick manual, one might call it.

  • Djuka

    Are we allowed making two suggestions? If so then Spanish Chocolate would be my second suggestion.

  • Sean Gaudet

    Jose the Great

  • Ben

    the espanien stallion

  • http://www.slamonline.com Travis


  • Sean Gaudet

    Trojan Man

    He protects the ball like he’s a condom

  • http://slamonline.com Daniel Munoz

    El Control
    because he controls everything on the court

  • http://nba.com ne14


  • j smitherines

    the general

  • Daniel

    euro baller

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T26ZbMSKh90 BENATES

    Kevin Garnett’s Friend or Start of Kevins Crazyness

  • aaa

    Mr. Catering is the best one

  • J.C.

    In Spain there`s a broadcaster who called him “Mr. Catering”

  • Battleman

    Mr.Cattering!! All Spain knows him by that nickname!!

  • JB Pitts

    El Capitan

  • Lukie

    Def. “Jose Suave” here in the U.S.

  • rhillips

    Jose ‘Can’t touch’ Calderon

  • rhillips

    emcee (after hammer)

  • rhillips

    safe hands

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    Jose “assist prone” calderon

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    Count Calderon the dime dealer

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    The Transporter


    yes way jose!

  • http://raptors.com Kobe Sidhu

    Jo-Tres Calderon

    only fits him because he throws up those 3′s after snapping the net at the ACC
    this has to be the best one you guys have on here…show TDOT SOME LOVE!!!

  • http://juancarlosamaya.blogspot.com/ Juan Carlos Amaya

    EL MATADOR is good name for Calderon

  • Frank Rivera

    1. Jose can you see
    2. Senor pasalo

  • Sky

    1. “automatic”
    2. “mr. clean” only cuz his offensive sets are always on point!

  • Jose

    Pistol Pepe (Pepe is a popular nickname for people named José)

  • Sean Gaudet

    Mr. Efficient

  • michael canter


  • mike

    The Boshkick aka boshes main man

  • http://juancarlosamaya.blogspot.com/ Juan Carlos Amaya

    EL MATADOR is good name for Jose Calderon

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    Here’s a thought SLAM: why not have the player himself vote on the nickname? It wouldn’t have to be every time, just once in a while. I think it’d be cool for the player to have a say in his fresh new name

  • Sean Gaudet

    The ventriloquist

  • alex.z

    the general

  • alex.z

    KG’s combatiente de toro (KG’s bull fighter)

  • Edub

    Jose “Hold My Own” Calderon

  • C-Dubb



    The Spanish Inquisition



  • Edub

    Jose “How’s My Driving” Calderon.

  • jon con

    jose cuevro cause hes smooth

  • 1prwitnikes

    jose ‘ole’ calderon

  • http://ward94bball.hyves.nl Lil’ Ward

    “Jose el loco maníaco”
    it means: Jose the crazy maniac

  • Jake Solomon

    Spanish Guard

  • Pablo

    His best possible nickname is “Mr. Catering”, as he serves too many assists. That’s what we call him in Spain and that’s the one he’s used to (TV & newspapers). But nice try all of you… LOL

    BTW, The Ballo Handlero = El manejador de balon. But The Ballo Handlero is so much better, it’s so funny! I’d say Ballo Handlero is the runner up.

    Greatings from España! Feliz navidad!

  • Akam T.

    Jose “MayDay” Calderon

  • Bryce


  • Bryce

    The Madador

  • Sean Gaudet

    A-OK Jose. Because when ever he hits a 3 ball, his 3 finger salute looks like the A-OK sign

  • http://Comcast.net gage henderson

    Mr catering Is ridiculous and I understand y noone has heard of it