“The Final Countdown” song by Europe is playing in my brain right now.
That is because one of Europe’s finest, Jose Calderon, will play for the first time in his Dallas Mavericks uniform tonight.
Now, with just hours away from the Mavs’ tipoff at Greensboro Coliseum, hosted by the Charlotte Bobcats, fans anticipate this moment of greatness when the highly acclaimed lucky “No. 8″ steps on the court and affects Dallas’ preseason fate.
The time is almost here for us MFFL (Mavs Fans for Life) and Calderon fans alike to cheer: “Bienvenidos, Mr. Freethrows!”
Hailing from Spain, Calderon has seen success as a pro baller around the world. Most recently, he represented his native country in the FIBA EuroBasket, and since he came to the USA, he has been a key player with two other teams in the NBA: the Detroit Pistons last season after the Toronto Raptors since the 2005-06 season.
Last week, when the Mavericks won on the road – thanks in part to Carter – at the Memphis Grizzlies‘ preseason home opener, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol also did not get to play the NBA team of his “compadre” from Spain.
Memphis head coach David Joerger has chosen to sit out players throughout both the preseason and regular season, and I think that his rotation strategy may be similar to that of Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle, who did not play Carter, aka. “Vinsanity,” in the previous game versus the Indiana Pacers,
My theory behind these coaches’ approaches to resting healthy players is that they aim to restore those players’ health and to offer ample opportunity for other teammates to make plays from the bench, thereby improving those reserves’ individual stats and possibly improving their chances to win and sustain throughout the season.
The advantages that tonight’s Mavs opponents have are Charlotte’s home court and the Bobcats’ one-up on victories. Fans will be hoping for Dallas settle that score tonight with Calderon coing back from his hamstring injury.
Calderon could be just who Dallas needs to help the team bounce back toward World Championship status again, along with my “Nowellis” Dynamic Duo that includes one-third of my Tipoff Trio, in addition to one of the latest Western Conference champions and more international love.