It’s been eight months since Jamal Crawford last stepped on the hardwood, where he played his 20th season as a member of the Nets against the Bucks in the Orlando “bubble.” Though his performance was cut short by an untimely hamstring injury, he’s been staying ready for whatever comes next. While he’s working with his kids on their games — and becoming a hoops entrepreneur, he’s not giving up on his NBA dream. The competitive fire is still not squelched.
“We actually have talked to a couple of teams, so we’re seeing where it goes,” said Crawford about a possible 10-day contract this season. “We’ve had conversations, which is the good thing.”
Crawford didn’t detail those conversations in an exclusive interview with NetsDaily, but because he wasn’t on an NBA roster Friday, he would be eligible for the playoffs if signed during the regular season. (The Nets completed their roster on Sunday with the signing of Alize Johnson to a standard NBA deal.)
He hasn’t stopped watching the NBA this season either, particularly his last team. Like the rest of the NBA world, Crawford has taken notice of the superteam brewing in Brooklyn.
When asked if he thinks the Nets can go all the way in the postseason, he didn’t mince words, declaring, “I think they can win it.” He noted that like any championship team, some injury-related luck will be involved. The Nets have lost both Kevin Durant and now James Harden for extended periods of time due to hamstring injuries.
“But assuming everybody’s healthy, I think they’re too deep. I think they’re too good,” said Crawford.
Some of Crawford’s best friends in the NBA are on the Nets. Crawford named former Clippers and Blazers teammates LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, and Jeff Green as well as Nets superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. He may not have played with Kai and Kevin —they were out during the “bubble” — but he played a lot of minutes against them. So he knows.