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Jose Calderon: Mavs Don’t Need A Star Center

Jan 20, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) and Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) wait for the play to develop during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks didn’t manage to persuade Dwight Howard to sign with the franchise, and then Andrew Bynum choose the Cleveland Cavaliers. That leaves the Dallas with a big hole at center and as of right now is Bernard James. The Mavs have met with Samuel Dalembert.

But one of the newest Mavs, point guard Jose Calderon, isn’t worried about it. In fact, he isn’t sure that the Mavs need a star center.

“For sure, it’s important to have a big center,” Calderon said on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Fitzsimmons and Durrett” on Thursday. “But at the end of the day, the way coach plays and if you play the right way with a guy like Dirk (Nowitzki), it makes everything a little bit easier for everybody. If you play the right way, you may not need that big a star at the 5 position.

“You just need a guy who can complement Dirk, who can play defense and rebound the ball. Maybe you’re not looking at Dwight or Andrew Bynum like there were talks around there, but you mainly need a guy who can complement and can give you good work out there without being a star to make us a good team.”

The Mavericks managed to be fairly successful with out a star center until Tyson Chandler led them to a NBA Title in the 2011 NBA Finals.

Topics: Andrew Bynum, Dallas Mavericks, Dwight Howard, Jose Calderon

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