Jose Calderon Says He’s Happy to Play Behind Kyle Lowry

by September 25, 2012

Jose Calderon’s agent sure made it sound as though his client wanted out of Toronto over the summer after the Raptors acquired Kyle Lowry. But now, Calderon claims that he’s fine with his new role off the bench. From the Toronto Star: “Jose Calderon has been around too long, seen too many guys come and go and has answered the same question so many times that another trip down Point Guard Controversy lane — imaginative as it may be — isn’t going to bother him. ‘I’ll be happy, I’m always happy,’ the veteran Raptors guard. With arrival of a younger point guard in new teammate Kyle Lowry, and the chance Calderon will be asked to come off the bench in his eighth season in the NBA, there is sure to be some segments of the fan base who’ll look for contretemps were none exist. To Calderon, it’s a fabricated issue that will have no impact on the impending season. ‘I don’t know if we have to use that word (controversy) before even training camp,’ said Calderon before flatly denying a summer report that he was put out by the acquisition of Lowry and wanted a trade from the only NBA team he’s ever played for. ‘I think we are just two more players for the Raptors team, we’re going to try to win games for the Raptors. I think it’s just wanting to make a big thing before anything has started. It doesn’t matter, we have to win games, we want to make the playoffs. If he scores 20 points a game, I’ll be happy; it’s helping us win.'”