Calderon’s injury just made Bryan Colangelo’s job harder

- August 23rd, 2010

Jose Calderon injured his hamstring during Sunday’s one-point loss to the United States and will be out for at least a month.

That is bad news for the Raptors and general manager Bryan Colangelo. Calderon’s contract already made him difficult to move and though he will presumably be back in time for training camp (which starts Sep. 28th) his now building injury history continues to be troublesome.

Calderon has been hampered for two years now by lower body injuries, particularly hamstring issues.

Is a team really going to pony up for a player with a sizable deal, a trade kicker and an inability to come close to playing a full season?

This corner doubts it. A Jarrett Jack/Calderon combo isn’t the worst thing in the world for the Raptors, the problem is, Marcus Banks better be ready to step up as he did last year (or Leandro Barbosa will have to pretend he has some point guard skills), because it is almost a certainty that Calderon will go down at some point this season. Calderon’s inability to thrive in an up-tempo system, like the one the Raptors intend to play, is also a problem. He is conservative and inclined to play at a methodic pace. That approach doesn’t really fit in Toronto anymore. But with a trade unlikely, the team will have to work around it.

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