The Brooklyn Nets signed former Phoenix Suns guard, Jamal Crawford, for the remainder of the season. Who said he should have retired?
Jamal Crawford finished his career with the Phoenix Suns the way most players could only dream. Or did he? At 39, an age at which most players don’t come close to reaching in their NBA careers, he put up a remarkable 51 points, a total that would be a career-high for 99.9% of players who have put on a professional basketball jersey. All the stars aligned for him to sail off into the sunset, an NBA legend.
Instead, he looked at that 51 point game and thought, “I still got it, so why would I retire now?” and remained a free agent instead of filling out retirement paperwork.
Just when he was about to be forced to retire because no team picked him up all season, the Brooklyn Nets swooped in and signed the 40-year-old vet for the remainder of the season, and he’ll be joining them in the Disney bubble.
Former Phoenix Suns guard, Jamal Crawford, just got picked up by the Nets.
Crawford immediately becomes the oldest player in the league, just barely edging out Udonis Haslem (seriously, what is going on there?) by 81 days. The only thing that could change this is if the NBA spawns up a second bubble in Chicago (which as been rumored) for the other eight non-Disney teams and the great Vince Carter (43) unretires to suit up again for the Atlanta Hawks.
The Nets make Crawford’s ninth team in this, his 20th NBA season, and comes at a time of desperation. Seriously, the Nets were a step away from running the dude in the Donald Duck costume out on the floor.
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Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Wilson Chandler, Nic Claxton, Spencer Dinwiddie, and most recently Taurean Prince have all been ruled out, so it makes sense the Nets went after someone known to get buckets.
I’m happy for J-Crossover, and what symbolically better place is there for him to rediscover his youth than Disney World?
Crawford will team up with his former teammate, Tyler Johnson, who will have the opportunity to shine and make a roster next season.
Who knows? Maybe this eight-game (plus playoff) run will serve as an audition for Jamal Crawford as well. The man is not riding off into the sunset without a fight.