Once an All-Star for the Boston Celtics, today a member of the Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum were guests on Knuckleheads podcast hosted by former NBA players Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. Although Kyrie Irving is one of the best players in the NBA, he will never forget the first person that went hard at him during their first matchup. That player was Jose Calderon who played for Toronto Raptors in 2011 while Irving was a rookie for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Calderon made sure he remembered him for the rest of his life.
“[The] first game I played against Jose Calderon when I was in Cleveland [was the first time somebody got the best of me],” Irving said on the Knuckleheads Podcast, whilst sitting alongside Celtics teammate Jayson Tatum.
“Jose Calderon bust my a*s – he gave me 26 [points] and 14 [assists]. He was celebrating like a motherfu**er. I was sick. I had six [points] and six [assists] on that day. I swear to you, to this day – and shout out to my man Jose Calderon now – he knows I will [destroy] him now. We played Toronto the next year and that’s when I hit that game-winner.”
The stats from that game recorded Calderon had 15 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, whilst Irving had six points and was two of 12 from the field.
Jose Calderon is a Spanish professional basketball player who last played for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA).Today he is free agent.