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 Sign Ryan Saunders to Multiyear Contract
The Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure that their new head coach is sticking around for a long time.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Wolves have agreed to a multi-year contract with Ryan Saunders to stay in his newly minted head coaching role for the long-term.
Saunders took over in Minnesota after Tom Thibodeau was fired, becoming the youngest head coach in the league at age 32, posting a 17-25 record following his taking over.
Timberwolves’ Ryan Saunders Expected to Become Permanent Head Coach
Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over the helm when the team fired Tom Thibodeau, is expected to become the team’s permanent head coach, shedding the interim tag.
According to Britt Robson of The Athletic, Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor has already implemented changes in the organization following what proved to be a taxing and tumultuous season, but Saunders won’t be among any widespread changes.
Saunders led the team to a 17-25 record during his 42 game stint with the team.
Timberwolves Launch Search for a President Of Basketball Operations
The Minnesota Timberwolves have launched an official search for a new President of Basketball Operations to replace the departed Tom Thibodeau, who was fired as head coach and president during the regular season.
The team made the announcement regarding the search via an official press release.
“In the absence of Tom, I want to thank all who picked up his responsibilities this past year,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “… They worked through a season with many injuries requiring many challenges in our player lineup. We are incredibly grateful to them for all of their hard work and commitment to the franchise.
“The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves continues to be very bright,” Taylor continued.
“It’s more important than ever that we find a leader who can build a successful team in today’s fast-paced NBA. We have the cornerstones of a very talented team and need to assemble the final pieces that will elevate us into a playoff team and one that can compete for championships.”
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