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Veteran Crawford not ready for NBA career to set with Suns

Veteran Crawford not ready for NBA career to set with Suns
Published On: Wed, Feb 27
April 16, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets head coach J.B. Bickerstaff (left) argues with NBA referee Dan Crawford (43) against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jamal CrawfordA is one of the best sixth men in NBA history.

However, last Saturday night he was dressed in street clothes. After the game, he didna€™t even need to shower. The Suns had just lost their 17th game in a row, falling to the Atlanta Hawks, a game where they did not even use their 19-year veteran. Even though he was not a participant, he was still candid and happy to speak. Being in the NBA for so long has put miles of wear and tear on his body, but not changed the high-character demeanor of which he always carries.

This was also the city where he started to become more than just a good scorer on bad teams. For the first time, he was a contributor in winning at the NBA level. He found a role in the Hawksa€™ offense as a superior sixth man, averaging 18.0 points per game in his first season with the Hawks in 2009-10. They won 53 games that season, beat the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs before being eliminated in the second round by the Orlando Magic. Crawford also won the NBA Sixth Man of The Year Award for the first time, something hea€™s accomplished twice since, in 2014 and 2016. He was also voted NBA Teammate of the Year last season.

a€œIta€™s always fun seeing familiar faces, obviously,a€ Crawford told Amico Hoops after the Suns lost to the Hawks. a€œIt was a while ago, but some of the same faces still work in the arena, so seeing them once or twice a year is always cool.a€

Crawford, 38, was the eighth overall pick in the 2000 draft out of the University of Michigan by the Cleveland Cavaliers. HeA agrees Atlanta was really the place he became a winner in the NBA.

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