With the Dallas Mavericks bringing in a ton of new faces for the 2013-2014 NBA season, training camp is arguably more important for them than it is for many teams in the league. All of the new faces in Dallas will need to develop a rapport with one their new teammates and will need to start picking up the system of head coach Rick Carlisle.
However, the Mavs have hit a slight snag in their plans for training camp in the first week. On Wednesday at Mavericks’ practice, newly acquire point guard Jose Calderon tweaked his hamstring, causing him to be limited on Thursday in practice and probably going forward, per a report from Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Carlisle iterated that he doesn’t believe that the Calderon injury is serious and will be something that lingers, but did emphasize that the team plans to exercise caution with the injury and will make sure he’s OK before they put him back in the full swing of things at training camp.
Though the Mavs have a plethora of guards on their roster heading into this season, the point guard position has definitely taken a hit in the off-season and thus far in training camp. Newly signed combo-guard Devin Harris is recovering from a toe injury and rookie point guard Shane Larkin is recovering from surgery that he had performed on his ankle.
Calderon’s injury definitely seems less serious and almost surely won’t require any kind of surgery. However, for the 32-year-old guard to already be experiencing minor nicks and pains in the first training camp of a four-year contract is a bit unsettling for the Mavs. This will probably wind up being nothing to worry about, but you never know when guys get around that age.
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