For Toronto Raptors’ Jose Calderon, New Orleans Is Easy

November 7th, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
Certain players always seem to play better in certain venues and the reasons are not always obvious, if they exist at all.

On Friday night, Jose Calderon returned to some very friendly surroundings in New Orleans, not that there is any reason for the Spanish national to find a city in Louisiana a comfortable place to play.

But perhaps surprisingly, the Toronto Raptors have enjoyed their trips to New Orleans in recent years.  And with a Friday night 107-90 victory, have now taken three of the past four games played against Chris Paul and company on their home floor.

In his rookie season Jose Calderon didn’t get much of an opportunity to find out just how nice a place New Orleans would be to play in as Mike James played 40 plus minutes for the Raptors that night in a losing effort.

But the Mike James experiment soon ended.  Next season saw Calderon split minutes with TJ Ford and the love affair with the Big Easy was about to commence.

In just 22 minutes on November 26, 2006, Calderon went five of ten from the field for 13 points to go with four assists, three rebounds, and a steal.

It was the start of beautif ...

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