Toronto Raptors Fan Favourite Jose Calderon Calls it a Career
After 20 seasons of professional basketball, 14 of which were in the NBA, Jose Calderon has called it a career.
A former Toronto Raptors fan favourite, Calderon spent eight seasons north of the border. Stating he is ready to move on from the game, the 38-year old will now transition from the hardwood into a special assistant position with the NBPA.
“I know my weaknesses and I’m always honest with myself,” Calderon told The Post.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to be happy with the role that I had last year. I wasn’t playing, just helping and traveling the same amount. I was starting to miss my family a lot. I was watching a game the other day and I didn’t wish I was playing, which makes everything easier. When is the right time to say that this is it? [My retirement] is not official, but it’s almost. It’s about time. Maybe in the next couple of weeks I’ll make an official announcement and file the papers.”
During his tenure with the Raptors, Calderon averaged 10 points and 7.2 assists per game, while setting an NBA-record during the 2008-09 season when he shot 98.1% from the free-throw line.
The Spaniard is now looking forward to making a big impact off the court.
“This is the Players Association,” said Calderon. “It’s kind of silly that it’s being run in large part by a bunch of lawyers and people with master’s degrees. I’m in regular contact with players, but it’s nice to have a body here so that I’m not calling a player who is in the middle of his game day nap or talking to someone who is so removed from the game that maybe their perspective is a little bit dated.”
We would like to wish Jose the best of luck in retirement and congratulate the former Raptor on an incredible playing career.