Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford explains why Warriors enjoyed more success than Clippers

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Jamal Crawford explains why Warriors enjoyed more success than Clippers

Jamal Crawford played for the Clippers from the 2012-13 season through the 2016-17 campaign.

The Clippers made the playoffs all five of those seasons, but never reached the Western Conference Finals.

In a recent phone conversation with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic, Crawford explained why the Warriors broke through and the Clippers did not.

“The Warriors weren’t only the best team, but they were the best team (emphasizing their cohesiveness and chemistry). They never splintered. They stayed together. They handled the moment. You gotta have that.

"When adversity hits, it doesn’t build character, it reveals it. We didn’t handle it well. And then, at the wrong time, we had injuries. So some of it was self-inflicted, some of it was bad luck.

"In that five years I was there, we won the third or fourth most games. We were right there in a lot of different ways, and in some ways we weren’t.”

Crawford appeared in 54 games with the Warriors during the 2008-09 season.

He averaged 19.7 points and 4.4 assists per contest (but shot below 41 percent from the field).

He has very fond memories of his time in the Bay Area.

“This was the first place I played in the NBA where the sun woke me up,” Crawford told The Athletic. “I used to always go to the Burrito Shop. Go hang out in Jack London Square at the Barnes & Noble. Get some chicken and waffles. 

"One thing about here, the fans give it up. I can honestly say they’re not bandwagon fans. We weren’t good that season and they represented.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Jamal Crawford: 'That's what's so cool' about the Warriors

Jamal Crawford: 'That's what's so cool' about the Warriors

Jamal Crawford will play for the Timberwolves next season.

He's looking forward to trying to dethrone the Warriors.

"It's a challenge. It's a great challenge. And that's what makes it fun," Crawford told Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype Podcast. "If you go to a movie and you already know how it's gonna end before it starts, you'd be like, "Oh, that movie wasn't that good.'

"But if you go and there's a lot of twists and turns and plots and different storylines, and this is happening and that is happening, and something crazy happens that you didn't see happening at all -- and that's how the movie plays out -- 'Oh, that was a good movie.'

[SHILLER: How the Warriors factored into Gordon Hayward's decision to join Celtics]

"The Warriors are the cream of the crop. They're the champions until somebody knocks em off. I think that's what's fun. You get to play them three or four times a year. You get a chance to see where you're at. You get a chance to see what you can improve on, what you did well. And then hopefully in the end, you put it all together.

"But they're kind of raising the level of play for everybody and every team, and that's what's so cool about it."

The Timberwolves haven't made the playoffs since 2004 -- when they reached the Western Conference Finals.

This offseason, they added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Crawford.

They are expected to compete for a Top 4 seed in the loaded Western Conference.

How do they match up with the Warriors?

"On paper and then seeing them in person is a different thing," Crawford answered. "We kind of have to go through the wars together first. Our team. Those guys have been together now so they know exactly what to expect, who does what and how things fit.

"For us, we have to go through those wars and see how we'll handle different situations ... we have some really good players and we have a really good coach. And that's kind of where it starts and then we kind of build our culture from there.

"Chemisty is underrated. You have to have that. We'll see how we'll match up and I think I'll be able to give you a better answer towards the end of the season."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Jamal Crawford explains why he didn't go to Warriors or Cavs: 'If I went there...'

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Jamal Crawford explains why he didn't go to Warriors or Cavs: 'If I went there...'

Jamal Crawford has played 17 seasons in the NBA. He's been to the postseason seven times. But he's never won an NBA title.

So nobody could have blamed the 37-year-old if he decided to sign with the Warriors to Cavs this offseason after having his contract bought out by the Hawks.

Instead, the former Clippers guard, who was traded to Atlanta in a three-team deal earlier in July, has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Timberwolves worth $8.9 million.

In a recent interview with The Star Tribune, Crawford admitted that LeBron James attempted to recruit him to Cleveland. Aside from neither team being able to offer enough money or guaranteed playing time, Crawford explained what appealed to him about Minnesota and why he didn't really want to go to either of the teams that have appeared in the last three NBA Finals.

“[The Timberwolves] showed they were serious, trying to get things done right away. I felt like the time is right. I felt like I could fit. At this point of my career, I could easily chase a championship. I’m not saying we won’t compete, but it’s not about that. I want to take the journey and go through the wars with these guys. The Cavs, they’ve been there. Those guys know what it’s like to be in the Finals and win a championship. The Warriors, same deal. If I went there and let’s say we happen to win, what’s next? Sometimes it’s more gratifying to help teams go from one point to another point," Crawford said.

“That’s the challenge. That’s what so fun about it. What if you went to the movies and knew how it ended when the movie started? It’s exciting because nobody really knows what we can be,” Crawford continued.

Crawford is joining a T'Wolves squad that has already added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson to a Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng.