All season, I was shouting "Why isn't Jamal Crawford on a team?!"
As I watched guys like Jeff Green and Danuel House come off the bench for the Houston Rockets.
I watched Rodney Hood go down for the season, and the Portland Trail Blazers just be fine with Mario Hezonja playing big minutes off the bench.
I watched the Miami Heat lose a trade just so they could overpay Andre Iguodala.
No disrespect to any of those guys. Whether you think they're better players or not, I'd much rather be watching Jamal Crawford playing on a competitive team.
Watching him ball out on the Phoenix Suns last year just felt like such a waste.
So as I got the text in my phone from my rapper friend 5.A.M (Had to namedrop to build my clout) that Crawford had signed to the Brooklyn Nets, I was like Here we go again...
But then I realized that I'm going to be able to watch him, even if it only is for 12 games. So I later replied...
But fr, Jamal Crawford is in The League Tho!
Now listen, I know he's 40 years old. But I don't care about that. I watched him play for a very long time, and this dude has consistently been consistent his whole career.
He comes off the bench, he can give you anywhere from 12-30 points in limited time. He could literally swing whole games for his teams.
He was never the superstar of the team, he didn't need to be. He is a genius of his craft, he knows exactly what he offers.
We're talking about a guy who averaged double-digit scoring off of the bench from 2002-2018. If that doesn't impress you then you're just a hater.
I'll prove that you're a hater right now.
At 39 years old, on the final game of last season, Jamal Crawford scored 51 points. He did it on 60% field goal shooting, went 7/13 from three, 8/9 from the free throw line, had 5 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and a block and played 38 minutes. At 39 years old.
Just think about that. Name five guys in the league that can do that right now. Then name five guys that could do it off the bench with that efficiency. Then name five players over 35 years old.
YOU CAN'T! Because it's just him!
I don't have much to say here honestly.
I'm glad basketball is coming back. Although I don't think it should health wise, however there's money to be made so who am I to say?
Plus, I'm gonna watch. So people like me are the whole reason they're doing this. So thanks guys. I really do appreciate you guys going to hoop and entertain us in a tough year.
Anyway, I wish he would've gotten signed by a contender. The Rockets would've been nice.
But whatever, at least I'll get to see him play again.
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