You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Calderon arrives in Atlanta after ‘weird’ few days


Jose Calderon admitted it’s been a “weird” few days.

The newest Hawks player joined the team after he was claimed off waivers Saturday. His first game in a new uniform was Sunday.

Calderon was bought out be the Lakers. He then signed with the Warriors but waived less than two hours later after the team needed an injury replacement for Kevin Durant. The Hawks called Calderon before he initially chose the Warriors and called again after he became available a second time.

“At the end of the day you have to see where you are really wanted,” Calderon said Sunday. “They called. They were interested. I think we are right there to go all the way (in the playoffs). I feel comfortable. There was a good talk, a good feeling about it. That’s way I made the decision.”

Calderon was at Philips Arena early Sunday to get acquainted with new coaches, teammates and systems. He said it will take a few days to get fully up to speed. Calderon dressed for Sunday’s game against the Pacers but acting head coach Darvin Ham said it was unlikely that he would play.

Calderon’s exact role will be determined in the final 21 games to the regular season.

The 35-year-old Calderon is in his 12th NBA season and has played for the Raptors, Pistons, Mavericks, Knicks and Lakers. He appeared in 24 games for the Lakers this season and averaged 3.3 points, 2.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 12.2 minutes. Calderon has career averages of 9.7 points, 6.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 28.3 minutes over 772 career games, including 557 starts. As a member of the Spanish national team, Calderon won the FIBA World Cup (2006), two Olympic silver medals (2008 and 2012) and a bronze medal (2016).

“This is my 12th season,” Calderon said. “I think everybody knows what I can do on the court. I just tried to get everybody the ball where they want it. Organize the team. I can make shots from the outside and open the spacing for these guys. I’m going to pass the ball, for sure, first thing. I’m going to put the team first. That’s me, I’m a team player. Whatever they need, 20, 40 minutes, I’m ready.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Hawks

Inside the box score: Wizards 103, Hawks 99
Inside the box score: Wizards 103, Hawks 99

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 103-99 loss in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series: Key players * Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 27 points despite going 1 of 9 from 3-point range. * Otto Porter Jr. gave the Wizards a third scorer with 17 points, including nine of the free-throw line. * Dennis Schroder led the Hawks...
Wizards takes series lead with narrow win over Hawks (updated)
Wizards takes series lead with narrow win over Hawks (updated)

The series has reached an elimination game. And it’s the Hawks with their backs against the wall. The Wizards again defended home court with a narrow 103-99 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals playoff series Wednesday at the Verizon Center. The Wizards lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Philips...
Time set for Game 6 of Hawks-Wizards series
Time set for Game 6 of Hawks-Wizards series

Game 6 of the Hawks-Wizards Eastern Conference playoff series will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the NBA announced Tuesday night. The game, to be played at Philips Arena, will be televised by ESPNU and NBA TV. The first-round series is tied 2-2 going into Game 5 tonight in Washington, D.C. If necessary, Game 7 will be played in Washington on Sunday. Time...
Ressler won’t second-guess contracts of Howard, Bazemore
Ressler won’t second-guess contracts of Howard, Bazemore

This summer, the Hawks committed $140 million to Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore. Principal owner Tony Ressler is not about to second-guess those sizeable contracts, though they have been the subject of much fan angst during an up-and-down season and even now during the Hawks’ playoff run. The Hawks evened their best-of-seven Eastern Conference...
Hawks’ Budenholzer has reaffirmed the obvious: He can coach
Hawks’ Budenholzer has reaffirmed the obvious: He can coach

For anybody who is wondering how the Hawks have gone from playoff flat-lined to tied 2-2 in their series with the Washington Wizards, here are the three most pertinent metrics: Turnovers: They committed 39 in the first two games, but only 24 in the next two (points-off-turnovers differential: 15). Three-point shooting: They made only 11 in the first...
More Stories