Lawrence Frank says Jose Calderon will start at point guard
3:51 PM, Feb 1, 2013
12:35 PM, Feb 10, 2013
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Jose Calderon arrived at Detroit's practice facility on Friday but was unable to practice with the team. The Spaniard is having visa issues that will not allow him to hit the court with the Pistons for now.
Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank said there's no official timetable on when the visa issues will be resolved; however, did make one thing clear: Brandon Knight will spend time more as a combo-guard while Calderon takes over the point guard duties.
Calderon, who spent eight seasons with the Toronto Raptors, fielded questions on how he sees himself fitting in with new teammates.
"I'm a point guard. Yeah, sometimes you've gotta shoot the ball but I think you've gotta be able to make sure your guys get involved; everybody get the ball to where they feel comfortable getting the ball," said Calderon.
"That's what the team is for. You cannot win by yourself. At the end of the day, it's about team effort so that's what I do [share the basketball.] I just try to get everybody [involved] and do the right things. As soon as I start knowing where everybody feels comfortable, it's going to be really easy to play out there."
Frank wants to make it clear that working with Calderon can only benefit Knight's game.
"Brandon is a point guard, too," said Frank. "We've got two guards. Calderon because he's done it. He's done it longer. He's a different type of player than Brandon. It will really help him [Knight] because when you're going against it and you see it, it's one of those things -- and I've seen it first hand with guards, different guards -- it has a contagious feeling on your team. With Jose, I think it's going to be a positive."
Joe Dumars, the Pistons president of basketball operations, sends this message to Knight regarding his role with the team now that Calderon has arrived:
"It's easy to play with another guard in the back court with you that can do all the things that you can do," said Dumars. "It kind of makes you a two headed monster. It's going to allow him [Knight] to look to score more, but it's not like we're going to take the ball out of his hands completely.
"We think it's going to be a good fit for him."
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