HoopsHype Jamal Crawford rumors

April 10, 2014 Updates

It seemed as if he was destined for superstardom, and well on his way to it when he was drafted eighth overall in 2000. But the Bulls never really played him. Crawford averaged just 4.6 points in 17.2 minutes a game as a rookie. He tore his ACL working out with Michael Jordan the summer after his rookie season and played just 23 games the following year. Then in successive drafts, the Bulls took point guards Jay Williams from Duke and Kirk Hinrich from Kansas. Crawford played alongside them, but there was never a comfortable fit. "That was tough, and I was immature at handling it all," Crawford said. "'Here we are, we're not the best team anyway, and I'm one of the top picks, why aren't you playing me?'" ESPN.com

Crawford said he actually prefers that role now. "I like the fact that when I check in the game, the other players start getting nervous," he said. "The other team gets nervous. I like that." ESPN.com

April 4, 2014 Updates

Another of the wounded is reserve forward Danny Granger, who would miss his fourth game in a row with a bum hamstring. “Yeah, especially with us because it literally is a factor right now,” Rivers said, when asked if getting healthy was one of his concerns as the playoffs near. “We have a lot of guys out. We’re going to play J.J. on a limited basis today. Jamal’s out, I think, for a while and I think Danny’s out for a while. “I’d be surprised if we saw either one of them before the playoffs.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who returned Saturday after a three-game absence, said he may have returned too soon and will miss at least Monday's game against the Phoenix Suns as he recovers from a strained left calf. Crawford played only 10 minutes in the first half of Saturday's 109-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks but sat on the bench the entire second half as his left calf was heavily taped. He missed both of his shot attempts and finished with three points and one assist. "I just have to get it stronger because I don't want the same pain to continue to bother me going into the playoffs," Crawford said. "I didn't re-injure it but I could tell it has to be stronger for sure to feel confident pushing off and doing certain things." ESPN.com

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is 33 years old and this is his 14th season in the NBA, yet somehow he continues to improve from year to year. While other veterans show signs of decline, Crawford continues to strike fear in the opposition with his humiliating crossovers and jaw-dropping scoring ability. “It’s weird, but I feel like I’m still getting better,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders with a laugh. “Now that I’m 14 years in, some people have been like, ‘Why are you still playing?’ A lot of guys start to plateau at that point or start to [decline], but I feel like I’m still getting better. I love the game of basketball. I’m entrenched in it every single day whether I’m playing it or watching it or talking basketball. For me, it’s still fun. It’s fun to work and see yourself get better. For me, I feel like I can do this for a very long time; God willing, no major injuries.” Basketball Insiders

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Stevens said he is not yet thinking about what Rondo’s return will mean for starting point guard Jordan Crawford, who is the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but indicated on Sunday there is plenty of room in the backcourt rotation for Crawford, Rondo and Avery Bradley. “The best teams I’ve ever coach have always had multiple point guards on the floor at once – especially when it’s in crunch time,” Stevens said. “That’s something I’m really looking forward to.” MetroWest Daily News

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