Two decades later the 6’5″ Crawford still doesn’t play like anybody else, nor does anyone really play like him. He skips as much as runs, his dribble nearing chest height, where coaches teach you not to keep it. When he crosses over, he does so precipitously and with devastating speed. From afar he appears to be all limbs upon which a giant round head bobs, as if the character from those life is good T-shirts came to life. “Damn, you got a lot of juice left in those legs!” Dirk Nowitzki told him last season, and it’s true. He remains in demand. When Crawford became a free agent last summer, the Warriors recruited him. LeBron called: Come to Cleveland. Instead Crawford signed for two years and $8.9 million with Minnesota, a promising team that nonetheless hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004 and whose coach, Tom Thibodeau, is known to be something of a stickler for defense (something that Crawford, it’s fair to say, is not). The match didn’t seem to make a lot of sense.
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Towns was 4 years old when Crawford played his first NBA game. That’s 17 years and 1,251 regular-season and playoff games ago, and Crawford vows he’s not nearly done yet. “I feel like 27,” Crawford said. “I feel great, I really do. I take care of myself. I never really get out of shape. I feel I can play another four, five years at this level without a doubt. I feel rejuvenated.”
Crawford will turn 37 in two weeks. But get this: The ageless wonder said he wants to play three or four more seasons. “When you love the game, playing is easy,” Crawford said.
“I don’t see him in the weight room,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers joked. “He plays pickup basketball the entire summer every day. That’s all he does. He’s like the anti-new generation. He just plays basketball. And he looks younger at times because he does. He keeps his skills so sharp by playing and the love of the game.”
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August 18, 2018 | 9:59 pm EDT Update
According to a source, the Cavaliers finished runner-up for Vonleh. San Antonio and Milwaukee also made bids. Vonleh was traded midseason by Portland to Chicago, which didn’t make an offer, despite him averaging 9.9 points and 10 rebounds in a seven-game stretch soon after the deadline deal. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he “inhales rebounds.’’
Vonleh expected a larger second contract. His deal isn’t even fully guaranteed. “Free agency was pretty tough this year,’’ he said. “I didn’t get anything. There were a lot of teams with interest. But I love the game of basketball. I’m happy to have another year in the league. I’m going to play this year out and see how things go and try to be in the league for many years to come.”
“I think I can definitely bring a lot,’’ Vonleh said. “They lost guys like Kyle O’Quinn, and Porzingis is hurt right now. Enes Kanter is a great rebounder, but I think I can help with that and bring energy.’’
Oscar Robertson’s 1971 Milwaukee Bucks NBA championship ring fetched $91,137.60at an auction Friday night. The ring, which features a diamond and the inscription “NBA World Champions” on the face, was one of 51 pieces of Robertson memorabilia auctioned off by Lelands.com. The collection also included Robertson’s Indiana State high school championship ring, College Player of the Year trophy, and several game-worn jerseys.
Detroiter Derrick Coleman was selected first overall in the 1990 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets, but not many know he played for 10 years with congestive heart failure. “I was diagnosed in 1995 while I was still playing,” said Coleman, now retired. “I know it looks like athletes have it all together, I thought I was Superman, but I wasn’t. Now, I bring awareness to testing, diet, exercising and advocacy for heart patients.”
Coleman said he never felt it and was the first in his family to be diagnosed with congestive heart failure after a stress test. He later had to be cardioverted shocked 12 times to regulate his heart. “Doctors said if I didn’t get better enough for a stint, I’d have to have a heart transplant,” Coleman said that alone nearly gave him a heart attack. “They told me to stay in bed, but I got up because I knew I had a stubborn heart and I will not give up.”
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One of the Richmond league’s founders, Paul Taylor, grew up with Iverson in Newport News and Hampton, and invited him to come the final game of the season. “I didn’t expect him to come,” said Anthony Brown, a former Monacan High School standout, who played on Saturday for the victorious Richmond Kougars and took home the MVP trophy. Iverson high-fived him as he held up the trophy. “It felt good,” Brown said. Taylor, who was released from prison last year after serving more than two decades for murder, and Jawad Abdu, a former Richmond gang member, started the league to right some of the wrongs they’d done in the community.