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.”
Timberwolves’ Jordan Bell Talks Decision to Leave Warriors
“I just want to grow as a basketball player,” Bell said, according to David Yapkowitz of Basketball Insiders . “In the summers I work my ass off, in the season I work my ass off. The Warriors was a great opportunity, I loved it, it was great, but I just want to be a better basketball player and keep growing. I just wanted to go somewhere else so I can grow and expand my game.”
Bell inked a one-year, $1.62 million deal with Minnesota this summer.
Grizzlies’ Tyus Jones Excited for New Team, Thankful for Time in Minnesota
Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones is excited for what will come next in his career with his new team, but he is also appreciative of his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who gave him the chance to play in his home state.
“I’ve just got a lot of emotions right now,” Jones said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
“I don’t really know how exactly to feel. I’m just excited. I’m just ready for my next chapter of my career and my life.”
Jones showed his appreciation to the Wolves.
“I’m thankful. It’s a situation where I was fortunate enough to be able to play in my home state, and for four years at that,” Jones said. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that. For me, it’s a chance to play in my home state as my first taste of the NBA and to help me get acclimated to the NBA lifestyle.
“It was nothing but a blessing. I am very thankful for that and look at it as nothing but a positive. Now I get to take that next step in my journey and my career, and I’m excited for that.”
Wolves’ Ryan Saunders Believes Andrew Wiggins Will Have ‘Breakout Year’
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders believes a big year is on the horizon for the struggling Andrew Wiggins, who many believe is losing the confidence of the organization.
Despite the rumors, Saunders isn’t ready to give up on Wiggins just yet.
“We look forward to him having a breakout year” Saunders said, during an appearance on NBA TV during Summer League action.
“He’s already in the gym, and we feel confident about Andrew in that sense” Saunders stated.
Wiggins logged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game last season with Minnesota, but the production still isn’t on par with the team’s expectations.
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