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Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford
Position: G
Born: 03/20/80
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $15,270,762
You’re best friends with Isaiah Thomas and you recently commented on the fact that you guys were almost teammates because you seriously considered signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers before they made that trade. What was your reaction when the Boston Celtics dealt him? Jamal Crawford: I was really shocked that he got traded after everything he went through in Boston. Looking at all of the stuff he did there and how much he was loved, I actually thought he was joking when he first told me that he was traded. I was like, “Are you serious?” And he was like, “Yes.” And I said, “No, you didn’t get traded. Stop playing, man.” Then he said he really did get traded and that it was to Cleveland. All I could say was, “Wow.” I was shocked, but I told him, “At least you’re going to a great situation.” Then, way, way later on, I was thinking about it and I was like, “Wow, I was seriously considering signing there.”
Jamal Crawford: And with Jimmy, I can’t say enough about him and how fantastic he’s been. He played a major part in me coming here as a free agent. I saw the young talent and I was impressed, but then I saw them get Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler, and I thought, “Whoa, they’re a serious threat right now.” Now, being around him, you realize that he does so many things for this organization – on and off the court. It’s more than just scoring points and grabbing rebounds and playing great defense, it’s also the way he leads and the way he approaches everything. He’s a star who does all of the heavy lifting, but fills in all of the holes and does all of the little things as well. He just does so much and he’s a joy to play with.
Coach Thibodeau hasn’t used the second unit as much as I expected. Jimmy, Karl and Andrew are not only leading the NBA in minutes, they’re also running the floor a ton. Among all NBA players, Andrew ranks first in total minutes (1,628), Karl ranks second (1,607) and Jimmy ranks third (1,580). When you look at the total miles run, Jimmy is fourth in the NBA (111.9), Karl is fifth (108.9) and Andrew is sixth (107.9). I feel like playing the bench more would allow you guys on the second unit to contribute more, while also helping the starters stay fresh. Has that been a discussion that’s taken place with Coach behind the scene? How do you handle that? Jamal Crawford: We haven’t really talked about it much, to be honest with you. As a professional, your job is just to stay ready. Any competitor wants to be out there playing, but we just have to go with the flow, try to make the starters as good as possible and do our best to help the team whenever we are out there. For us [on the second unit], we just try to help each other collectively and help make the team better. That’s all we can really do: be ready when our number is called.
Weeks after Crawford joined the Wolves, one of this best friends, Isaiah Thomas, was traded to Cleveland. Had Thomas already been on the Cavs when Crawford was figuring out free agency, would he have come to the Cavs? “Yeah it would’ve had to,” Crawford said. “That’s my brother. We’re past like friends or basketball relationship. That’s my brother. Like, we go on vacation, like it’s his family and my family. Like, I was a groomsman in (his wedding), he was a groomsman in mine. Like, we’re past the basketball thing, so that would’ve had to change things.”
1 week ago via ESPN