04-02-2013, 08:19 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chambs house
Re: Jose Calderon is gangsta
The word weird was mentioned more often than the amount of assists Jose Calderon recorded as a Raptor.
“It’s just a different feeling,’’ began Calderon, whose return to the Air Canada Centre drew an unusually high amount of media members. “It’s just weird. So many feelings, so many memories. Next to my home (back in Spain), this is the place where I’ve spent most of my time.”
During the pre-game introductions, Calderon was the last Piston to be introduced.
Fans at the ACC stood in unison, a show of support not seen since Morris Peterson came to town for the first time.
There was no half-court kiss, but Calderon approached mid-court before he looked skyward and began to clap his hands as a show of respect.
During a timeout, an overhead tribute was presented, a moment the fans used to once again give Calderon a standing ovation.
It says a lot about Calderon that no one even remotely connected with the Raptors has anything bad to say about this pass-first point guard.
Despite his deficiencies on defence, Calderon endeared himself to teammates with his unselfish play and leadership, traits the Pistons coveted when they dealt for the veteran.
Here’s a guy who embodies class, one who wears his heart on his sleeve, a guy the Raptors can actually use.
“My teammates had to remind me not to make a left,’’ said Calderon, referring to the walk visitors make once they leave their team bus at the ACC’s loading dock.
Once into the building, the Raptors’ locker room is to the immediate left.
On Monday night, Calderon had to walk a little farther down the hallway and into the visitors room.
At the half, Calderon mistaken started towards the home team’s locker room as well before quickly realizing his mistake and having a good laugh about it.
His ex-teammates offered their well wishes and during one sequence Calderon reminded DeMar DeRozan of the play Toronto was running.
Jose Calderon has come a long way from the day he first showed his face in Toronto in 2005.
He found a home in Toronto and now fans have found a place in their heart for Calderon.
What a ride and what a night Monday would turn out to be, as weird as it can get.