TORONTO - Jose Calderon is definitely a glass half full kind of guy.
So even with a potential lockout of its players by the NBA within four months, Calderon remains cautiously optimistic.
The day after the NFLPA made the bold move to decertify its union and the league responded by locking its players out, Calderon knows there is a chance he and his fellow NBAers could be in the same boat July 1 when the current collective bargaining agreement expires.
But Calderon believes it’s far too premature to make plans for a lockout at this point. He said as much in a recent interview with Spanish media back home. Asked if he would consider playing in Europe in the event of a lockout, Calderon said Europe would be an option but a lockout was still a long ways off and he wasn’t prepared one way or the other to say what he would do.
Asked in the same interview if he would like to return to Europe to play, Calderon responded that: “No, I am really happy in the NBA. I don’t want to go back. I still have two more years on my contract with the NBA.”
Somehow Calderon’s second response was presented as the answer to his potential plans in the event of a lockout and now his countryman believe Calderon has no intention of playing in Europe if the NBA shuts down.
Calderon reiterated Saturday he has not made any decision yet, but to say he definitely would not be playing in Europe if an NBA lockout occurred is incorrect.
“We don’t know if there is going to be a lockout so you have to keep your mind open,” Calderon said. “Europe could be a possibility but you never know.”
Calderon said the NBPA has been preparing the players for the worst case scenario. They are all well aware that in 1998 when such a lockout did occur the players then lost 40% of their salaries so for now they are being cautioned to spend their money prudently.
Calderon has heeded that advice, but he refuses to plan for the negative. If it happens, he’ll consider his options over the summer when it comes to the question of playing in Europe.