The Timberwolves guard has made many returns to his former NBA houses. In 18 NBA seasons, he is performed for seven totally different groups. Final season it was the Clippers.
“You all the time sit up for (returning) since you see loads of acquainted faces, those that you have not seen in awhile, and even individuals within the area that you simply noticed each time you got here in a sure means.”
However this return might be totally different. As a result of whenever you assume Jamal Crawford, you consider the Clippers. That is the place he spent probably the most time in his profession, 5 seasons in Los Angeles after 4-plus in New York.
“I had workforce success, I had particular person success and was there some time,” Crawford stated. “So, yeah, I feel individuals would say affiliate me with the Clippers or the Knicks.”
Los Angeles is the place he gained two of his three Sixth Man of the Yr awards, and the Clippers appeared within the playoffs in every of his 5 seasons there.
“I simply assume he is a type of guys that, at the very least for the Clipper group, he was a vibrant mild,” Clippers coach Doc River stated. “You need him to do properly. He was an incredible Clipper for us; he did so many nice issues for us on and off the ground. And I feel Jamal is a superb ambassador for basketball.”
Crawford all the time thought the Clippers had a group able to making an extended playoff run with the potential of a storybook ending.
“I all the time will consider that,” he stated. “I simply really feel like we had a type of groups. I felt like we had a particular, particular workforce. I feel that is what I am going to take away greater than anything.”
There was loads of expertise on these groups, which included Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and Crawford. However the Clippers by no means made it to the Western Convention finals, all the time falling brief for one cause or one other. Crawford nonetheless laments a convention semifinal loss to Houston in 2015, a collection the Clippers at one level led three-1.
Additionally they led by 19 factors in Recreation 6 late within the third quarter, solely to be outscored forty-15 within the ultimate body.
“That one hurts probably the most,” Crawford stated. “You might do this one hundred occasions, and ninety nine occasions it’s going to work in our favor. It was simply not meant to be.”
That a lot could be stated about lots of these Clippers’ runs, as promising postseasons all the time appeared to go off the rails for one purpose or one other, whether or not it’s pricey turnovers or crippling accidents.
“You do not overlook the losses,” Crawford stated. “You do not overlook these occasions, these wars, these belongings you went via with the blokes. You will always remember these.”
But, regardless of all of the…