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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

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

In light of the coronavirus outbreak putting all American sports on an indefinite pause, hot takes have become the topic du jour for fans relegated to their homes.

While joining “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young was pressed on the many comparisons the young point guard draws to Warriors star Steph Curry.

On the subject of taking over Curry’s title as the NBA’s most feared shooter, Young doesn’t think it will be long before he overtakes Steph.

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It’s hard to take any stock in this statement given how much Shaq pressed the 21-year-old to answer.

But Young’s talent is unmistakable, and there’s a chance we’ll see Young resetting the record books one day the way Curry has throughout his 11 years in the NBA.

A year though? I’d imagine Curry and his teammates would disagree with that timeline.

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Steph Curry forever has altered the game of basketball during his 11 seasons with the Warriors.

Shattering record after record, Curry became the face of the NBA’s evolution toward emphasizing the 3-pointer.

His unique qualities make him a difficult player to compare, but one that makes some sense is Hall of Famer Jerry West.

“With impact and accolades in the mix,” Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley writes. “Then “The Logo” Jerry West looks like the answer. Maybe that's why the basketball gods brought them together when West served as a consultant for Curry's Warriors for six seasons.

“It's not a perfect comparison -- Curry was a better dribbler, West a superior stopper who played without the 3-point line (added in 1979-80) -- but the 6'3" Curry and 6'2" West found their spots on the game's all-time hierarchy in similar ways.”

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West was an integral part of Golden State’s dynastic run through the 2010s, providing a sage voice for a front office unfamiliar with success.

What a sight it would have been to actually see those two line up across from each other in an NBA game.