Jose Calderon out for season opener

Jose Calderon out for season opener

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We’re a little more than 24 hours away from the Los Angeles Lakers first game of the season, and there is already injury problems. The Lakers are set to take on the Houston Rockets, with new head coach Mike D’Antoni and superstar James Harden. New Lakers head coach Luke Walton said the team will be without point guard Jose Calderon for tomorrow night’s opener at Staples Center, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

The Lakers had a decent preseason slate and avoided major injuries. Jose Calderon missed the team’s final three exhibition games with a strained calf.

The veteran point guard came over in the offseason via trade from the Chicago Bulls, after the New York Knicks sent him to Chicago as a part of the deal that made Derrick Rose a Knick. Calderon figures to be the backup point guard, fighting for time with Marcelo Huertas as well. In the preseason, the Lakers used the lineup of Calderon, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr., and Tarik Black in what looks like the second unit for Coach Walton’s team.

With Calderon out, the backup minutes will more than likely go to Marcelo Huertas, as Mike Trudell of TWC Sportsnet reported:

As we know, Luke Walton has expressed interest in tinkering with different lineups. It seems possible that we see Jordan Clarkson or Lou Williams running the point a bit in tomorrow’s game.

On the bright side, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov are both probable to play in tomorrow’s game in Los Angeles. The two veterans were the big free-agent signings for the Lakers in the offseason. It will be interesting to see how many minutes they get in this roster full of young, upcoming talent.

Starting Lineup

The starting lineup for the opener remains to be seen, per Mike Trudell.

Walton brought Clarkson off the bench often in the preseason, and it worked well for the Lakers.

Patience ladies and gentlemen, in approximately 28 hours the Lakers season begins.