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.”
Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Says Everyone Sleeps on Minnesota, Plays Big in Win over Heat
Towns believes everyone sleeps on Minnesota.
“Everyone always sleeps on people in Minnesota because they don’t hear our name a lot,” Towns said earlier this month, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “That’s fine. That’s cool. We are going to come from the underground and just find ourselves in the playoffs if we continue to do what we’re doing. …
“It’s fine. Keep sleeping on us.”
Towns went out and showed a more aggressive style of play on Sunday, and he sparked a big win for the Wolves with his play.
“I was just being aggressive,” Towns said following the game. “I’m just trying to help us get some victories.”
Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Training to Think Like a Guard
Towns is training to add more guard-like skill sets to his arsenal
“We really did a lot of guard-oriented thought process,” trainer Matt Mazarei said, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski.
“During his big-man work we were making him think like a guard, see every option, use those ball drills. He does it, but now it’s more of an emphasis. See the slashers early. He wants to get everyone involved. It’s a team game. That’s the only way they’re going to get into the playoffs.”
Towns posted 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game last season for Minnesota.
Wolves’ Ryan Saunders Wants Karl-Anthony Towns to Improve Pick and Roll Defense
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders is looking for superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns to improve one specific area of his defense this upcoming season.
His defense against pick and rolls.
“It’s his feel in terms of pick-and-roll coverage. Not being in no man’s land,” Saunders said, according to the Star Tribune’s Chris Hine. “With that, I understand the responsibility that we have as a staff and I have as a coach, we need to find what his best coverage is, and really commit to that, and for him to become very good at that coverage.”
While Towns has shown improvements on the defensive end of the court, he is not known for his defense, something that will need to improve id he plans on making a difference on an ascending Timberwolves team.
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