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.”
Fred Hoiberg Could Replace Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota
Should the Minnesota Timberwolves part ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau during, or following the season, it is reported that former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg could once again be the man to replace him.
Hoiberg, who replaced Thibodeau in Chicago following his dismissal, is someone that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is fond of, and could target to be the next man at the helm on Minnesota’s sidelines, according to Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports.
Ironically, now that Hoiberg has that experience, he might be a candidate to replace Thibodeau again. A league source close to the situation told NBC Sports that Hoiberg could be a candidate to take over in Minnesota where he’d be reunited with owner Glen Taylor.
“Glen loves Fred,” the source told NBC Sports.
Wolves Willing to Trade Jimmy Butler Anywhere But Houston
Per Stein’s report:
The Wolves, in short, want to trade Butler pretty much anywhere but Houston. But if the Rockets’ offer between now and then is indeed the best offer that surfaces, Minnesota would be foolish to just dismiss it.
Had the Rockets included either Eric Gordon or P.J. Tucker along with those four future first-round picks in their most recent offer, we might have already seen a deal. But Houston is clearly trying to make this trade happen without giving up either one of those players.
Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell Discusses Altercation with Wolves’ Derrick Rose
When it comes to anyone messing with his teammates, Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell isn’t playing around, and he wasn’t going to stand for Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose approaching Milos Teodosic after some chippy play during Monday night’s game.
“I’m the type of player who sticks up for his teammates,” Harroll said, according to ClutchPoints. “So honestly, when the altercation happened, when I saw D-Rose walking up on my teammate, that’s when it was time for me step in.
“I really don’t care what people feel about it,” Harrell added. “I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t. I’m the type of player who plays for his teammates. I play for the guys that are on the court with me. And I feel like, at that point in time, Derrick Rose went after a person who really wasn’t even trying to cause that type of situation.”
Harell finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and three steals in the victory over Minnesota.
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