Calderon unlikely to change mentality

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Jose Calderon is the consummate team player. And we're not just talking about handing out the Gatorade at half time.

Calderon has made his reputation in the NBA as a pass-first point guard. A guy who would much rather set a teammate up for a basket than score one himself.

And that is unlikely to change this season, although Calderon acknowledged yesterday he will go into the 2010 season with a different approach than he has in the past.

Calderon is not happy with the way his season went last year. Looking back he feels he got too caught up in the team struggles and didn't pay enough attention to his own game.

Calderon vows that won't happen again.

"I want to be here but I do want to change myself because I was bad," Calderon said during a break from the photo shoot which is a big part of media day. "I was worried about too many things, about the team and the way it wasn't working out. It was tough. Sometimes I worry too much about the team and I have to think a little bit more about myself."

Calderon, who will battle it out with Jarrett Jack during training camp for the starting point guard role, made it very clear that this change in philosophy had nothing to do with bad feelings over his near trade this summer to Charlotte or anything other than his own unfulfilled expectations of himself a year ago.

"That is stuff you cannot control and that stuff you can't worry about," he said of the aborted trade.

"The thing is they had a good deal on the table," he said. "They thought it was better for the organization. That's the way you have to think about it."

And that's the way he is thinking about it. But he also doesn't want to end a season like he did last year unhappy with what he did for the team and therefore will take the approach this year of worrying about himself and his game first.

"Last year we had a lot of expectations," Calderon said. "I was the point guard. It didn't work out. When I lose I don't like it.

"My basketball wasn't very good. That's why I want to forget about last year and have a fresh start. I think we have a really nice team, a young team that enjoys playing basketball. I want to get back to the Jose of a couple of years ago."


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