Jamal Crawford, who spent 5 seasons with the Clippers, returned to Staples Center on Wednesday night with his new team and was greeted with a fitting video tribute from his former team, thanking him for his service to the franchise and his impact on the roster.
“He’s the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Clippers guard Austin Rivers said of Crawford.
“I tell everybody that he’s the best teammate I’ve ever had. He always will be the best teammate I’ve ever had. He was huge for my development into a young man and as a player.”
“I hope [I had an impact],” Crawford said of his impact on the team.
“On any young player, but especially him. Our lockers were by each other. Just watching him and where he went from the situation in New Orleans and then coming here and seeing him really blossom and develop and the work he put in. Just seeing him grow off the court [as well]. Those things are always fun, and that’s rewarding.
“To know you played a small part in a piece of that is really fun.”
“When they did that montage, I made sure the crowd was cheering just because he deserves that respect as a player,” Rivers commented.
“Not just here with the Clippers, but for what he’s done for the game of basketball and the NBA man. He’s been an elite scorer and a fun player to watch for 18 years. 18 years! That’s incredible bro! And he’s still playing at an elite level. People don’t understand how special that dude is. I’m very fortunate I got to play with him.”
“He was great, I miss him a lot,” Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan said.
“He’s like a brother to me. We were together 5 years. I talk to Jamal still every day. I miss him a lot, we miss him a lot here and I wish him nothing but the best.”