“I always said I wasn’t the one putting me in the starting role or playing me 35 minutes,” he said. “It could’ve been a guy like a Derrick Rose and I would’ve been the backup point guard. It’s a tough position to play. You have to know your strengths and weaknesses. I’ve been in the league 12 years and I know what I do best or not do as well. It’s nothing personal. It’s what the team needed. Hopefully it will work better.”
If you know me at all then you know it broke my heart to see Jose Calderon get traded in that Derrick Rose deal. He was the X factor night after night. You never know if he was going to shoot 5-for-6 from the 3-point line or if John Wall was going to literally break the man’s ankles and end his career. It was must-see TV.
I LOVE that he knows he had no business playing 35 minutes a game. This is the awareness I look for in professional athletes. A lot of these guys have massive egos and keep people in their life who’s sole purpose is to hype them up and tell them how great they are. I know for a fact that Jose Calderon does not have an entourage.
How many times do you think he looked up at the Jumbotron at Madison Square Garden in the 4th quarter of a close game and thought to himself “why the fuck am I even on the floor right now?” Just the fear that must’ve consumed his body when Carmelo passed him the ball with 2 seconds left on the shot clock.
Part of me still thinks Jose Calderon will make his way back into a Knicks uniform. Every day I refresh my timeline in hopes for that breaking news. One can only hope…