DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Calderon showed amazing humbleness when asked after Friday morning's shootaround his true thoughts on the NBA not inviting him to participate in the 3-point shootout during All-Star Weekend.
"It is what it is,'' Calderon sad. "I'd love to be there.
"It was a great opportunity. I know I was up there last year and this year, but it's OK.''
Calderon led the NBA in 3-point shooting last year at 46.1 percent and is sixth this year at 44.1 percent. Of the eight players in the 3-point contest, San Antonio's Marco Belinelli -- at 44.3 percent -- was the only one shooting better than Calderon when the NBA announced the field of eight on Thursday.
"He got snubbed, he got snubbed,'' coach Rick Carlisle playfully shouted as he walked by when Calderon was being interviewed.
"It's a crime,'' shouted another Mavs employee.
When he was told Calderon was mysteriously omitted from the 3-point contest, guard Devin Harris said: "He didn't get in? I didn't know that. That's a travesty.
"Those things are most likely a popularity contest, but I'm pretty sure he would prefer the rest. We would prefer him to be rested, so we're going to move forward.''
Carlisle believes the NBA missed out on a golden opportunity to showcase one of its purest shooters in Calderon.
"It's disappointing, we all would have loved to see him go,'' Carlisle said. "I think he would have had a great chance to win, but I don't mind him getting the rest either.''
Calderon's biggest issue with not makng the 3-point contest is he doesn't know exactly what criteria the NBA uses to pick the players.
"But at the end of the day the only thing I can do is just keep doing my thing,'' Calderon said. "I'm not going to be making a big thing out of it.
"I've got to keep working, doing my thing, trying to help my team. Maybe I'll get another opportunity soon.''
As is his humble style, Calderon saluted the players the NBA thought were more worthy to compete in the 3-point contest.
"The players that are there, they're great shooters, so there's really going to be a really nice 3-point shootout for sure,'' he said. "Like I said, it could be a great opportunty.
"It's all good. Maybe next year I'll get the chance.''
-- Dwain Price
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