Monday May 25 2009 – 2:07pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)
NO WAY JOSE FOR SPAIN
Despite some erroneous rumors, Jose Calderon has stood by what he told the FAN 590 late in the season – and what he re-iterated in his post-season scrum as well: He will NOT play for the Spanish National Team this summer.
Taken straight from his personal website, www.josemanuelcalderon.com, here’s what Calderon had to say:
“This morning I called José Luis Sáez, President of the FEB. I asked him, if he was considering my inclusion, to exclude me from the pre-selection for the European Championships that will be played in Poland this summer.
This was a very difficult decision for me to make because I think that everyone knows that my involvement with the national team is concrete. I have played with them uninterrupted in all of the categories since I was 14 years old and I was very excited about participating in this Championship.
Never the less, I know that now I need to rest, recuperate well from the injuries from this season and seriously prepare for the upcoming NBA season where my team requires 100% of my effort to improve our results from last year.
I want to be clear that this waiver is only temporary- it is not taken lightly. Rather, it was a result of the outcomes of various consultations and medical tests that I have undergone in the past few days.
If the FEB is agreeable, they can count on my participation in the future. At the same time, I hope that that the fans understand, and that everyone is aware that this was a very difficult decision. For me, playing with the National Selection Team is the best.”
Nobody can question where Calderon’s loyalties lie now.
He is committed to the Raptors – and making sure he’s in top form for a very important season for Toronto next year.
And there’s no doubt that the management staff of the Raps is doing cartwheels right now; nobody wanted to get into another potential Garbo situation.
Things are pretty quiet around the ACC these days. Aside from the noise coming from the construction workers that are hammering away at the ACC, Maple Leaf Square, and the new Telus building … there’s no news coming out of the Raptors (or the Leafs for that matter).
Jay Triano’s hiring is old news by news, though we’re all still waiting for an announcement RE: his assistant coaches / staff. There are rumblings that something could be finalized by the end of this week but nothing is set in stone. In fact, as I’ve written before, Toronto still may opt to wait until June 30 – when the contracts of the 3 current assistants (Mike Evans, Alex English, Gord Herbert) expire and then officially make the new hirings.
There’s still no word yet if Evans, English, or Herbert will be brought back for next season.
What seems to be officially unofficial though is that Marc Iavaroni will be on Triano’s staff … and the talk of Alvin Williams – first reported here a couple of months ago – is legit. The interest is there on the Raptors’ part … but time will tell if Williams is interested as well (and if he is – if the I’s can be dotted and the T’s crossed on a contract). And *IF* Williams is ultimately hired by Toronto, it may be in an assistant coach / team ambassador kind of role. Williams could workout players and act as a sort of mentor to some of the younger guys while “learning the ropes” of coaching in a sense. As I’ve said before, if he were to join the staff, there’s a chance that he could possibly sit in the 2nd row – with the other basketball development consultants/coaches (not necessarily up front with the main assistants). We’ll see how it all unfolds … if it all unfolds.
WANDERING AROUND THE WINDY CITY
One bit of news that is happening with the Raps …
The basketball operations staff will be heading to the Windy City later this week to check out some of the Draft prospects at the Chicago Pre-Draft Camp.
Toronto holds the # 9 selection for the June 25 Draft.