José Manuel Calderón | Speaker Thinking Heads®

José Manuel Calderón

Spanish Basketball Icon and Former NBA Player.

Language:

English, Spanish

Who is José Manuel Calderón?

José Manuel Calderón is a retired Spanish basketball player, born in Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz, on September 28, 1981. He established himself as one of the most iconic figures in basketball during his 14-year NBA career, becoming the fourth Spanish player to debut in the league.

He was also a key member of the Spanish national team, winning the 2006 FIBA World Cup and the 2011 EuroBasket, as well as three Olympic medals.

How are his conferences?

Calderón has emerged as a sought-after speaker. His presentations provide deep insights into the world of basketball, leadership, teamwork, and perseverance. In particular, he emphasizes the importance of adaptability, a key concept in his career.

Through his experiences of moving between countries and teams, Calderón imparts valuable lessons on adapting to different contexts. His talks are known for being informative and inspiring, full of examples and lessons learned during his time in the ACB, the NBA, and the Spanish national team.

What is his career trajectory?

In addition to his NBA career, Calderón began his career in the ACB, where he played for six seasons and achieved notable statistical averages. In the NBA, he established himself as a key player for teams such as the Toronto Raptors, leading the league in assists and setting a historical record in free throws with a shooting percentage of 98.1%.

He has played for teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Detroit Pistons. Off the court, Calderón has shown a strong social commitment, collaborating with UNICEF. He also works as an advisor for the multinational software company Sngular and is a co-founder of OWQLO.

Selected talks:

"Adapting on the court and off the court: My journey through world basketball"

José Manuel Calderón shares his personal experience of how adaptation has been a key part of his career, from his beginnings in the ACB to his time in the NBA and with the Spanish national team. Through anecdotes and lessons learned, Calderón emphasizes the importance of being resilient and being willing to learn in each new stage. This talk is not only a journey through basketball, but also a reflection on life and how to face constant change.

"Beyond individuality: Teamwork to achieve glory"

Through his experiences on teams as diverse as the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Spanish national team, Calderón unravels the secret to success in basketball: teamwork. With inspiring stories and critical moments in his career, he explains how collective effort surpasses individual talent and how respect and communication are essential to succeed together.

"Inclusion: Basketball as a reflection of a diverse society"

In this talk, José Manuel Calderón addresses the importance of inclusion in sports and how basketball, in particular, is a reflection of a diverse and global society. Based on his experiences on international teams and his social commitment to organizations such as UNICEF, Calderón highlights how sports can be a powerful tool to unite people and promote acceptance and mutual respect.

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