HoopsHype Jamal Crawford rumors

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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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Rivers is among the most respected coaches in the NBA and if Jackson or anybody else can’t play for him, then there likely isn’t a place left in the league. “I think Doc is a guy you will run through a wall for,” said guard Jamal Crawford, one of the great producers of instant offense in the NBA. “Doc is laying a good foundation and we will get it.” HoopsHype

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DeAndre Jordan walked onto the court, looked over to the well-covered Rivers and said, “Oh, we waitin’ on Barack.” Jordan explained later that Jamal Crawford hung the nickname on him in preseason. “Doc gave us a long talk before training camp,” DeAndre recalled, “and Jamal said, ‘The only man who can give a speech like that is in the White House.’ It was Barack after that.” Boston Herald

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Jared Dudley: Shout out to @Jamal Crawford man that n______ nice!!! (Kanye west voice) Gutsy win tonight.. No CP No JJ, but guys stuck together and got the W Twitter @JaredDudley619

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Crawford says he doesn’t feel like a 14-year veteran in the twilight of his career. He enters this season feeling healthier than he has in his career. He doesn’t smoke. He doesn’t drink. Candy is his only vice. Throughout his home, you can find the evidence — in a drawer downstairs, in his gym bag, everywhere. As a player, he is sensitive to two criticisms: that he’s a poor defender (he’ll admit he can improve his defensive intensity), and that he’s selfish. He can’t stand the selfish label. “It’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to me,” Crawford said. “If you know me, then you know I’m a people pleaser. Early in my career, when someone would say I was selfish, I wouldn’t shoot the next game. It would get in my head.” Seattle Times

Ask NBA legend Isiah Thomas, who signed Crawford as a free agent in 2004 and later coached him with the New York Knicks, if there has ever been a ballhandler this good at 6 feet 5. Thomas laughs. “No,” he says quickly. “You’ve seen people who have street game, so to speak. But they can’t bring that game into an NBA game. Jamal can do anything against real, live NBA players in front of 20,000 fans.” Crawford and King led Rainier Beach to its first state title of the Bethea era. Bethea has six now, the most in state history. “Jamal opened the floodgates for Rainier Beach,” Bethea said. Seattle Times

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