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Calderon Active vs. Pistons
Thursday, Feb. 4
Barbara Barker of Newsday reported Calderon will start against Detroit on Thursday.
Calderon Needs to be Healthy to Salvage Season
Calderon was attempting to turn things around in New York after experiencing one of the worst years of his career in 2014-15. Injuries didn't help his low outputs in points and assists, as he appeared in just 42 games after suffering Achilles and calf injuries.
He spoke with ESPN.com's Ian Begley about his approach to the 2015-16 season:
#Knicks PG Jose Calderon: "I’m trying to forget about what happened (last season) and it’s like I’m just getting to the Knicks."— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 28, 2015
This was the first injury that Calderon has suffered this season. He started each of New York's first 47 games and is shooting 47.5 percent from the field.
Calderon has shown in the past that he is capable of being a reliable scorer while distributing the ball. But in a big market like New York, the pressure is higher.
The Knicks have tasked Calderon with serving as a mentor on a team that includes rookie Kristaps Porzingis and second-year players Langston Galloway and Cleanthony Early.
A great teammate and a great mentor but most importantly a great guy off the court! Definetly an example for me. 🏀🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/dJ1DtaH0lG— Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) November 20, 2015
New York has shown a ton of improvement from last year. The team already has 23 wins in 2015-16, while it went 17-65 last year.
Calderon isn't a star, but adding his veteran presence and occasional production back to the lineup should help the Knicks as the All-Star break approaches.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.