Danny Ainge may be giving the players some time away from basketball, but we are calling every player on the roster into our Celtics Town offices for their exit interviews for the rest of this week. Here’s the sixth in the series: Jordan Crawford.
When you were traded for an aging Jason Collins and an injured Leandro Barbosa it seemed like a no-brainer. Boston was getting talent for someone who was relegated to the bench for the rest of the season and Jason Collins who at that point was just used for his six fouls. Barbosa was a spark of the bench, a similar spark you were asked to provide. You kind of, sort of, did this.
We knew exactly what Danny Ainge was bringing in when Boston brought you here and you proved to be exactly as advertised– best summarized by “Jordan Crawford-y”. Your offensive craziness was what precisely what the Celtics needed for stretches of time or precisely what the opposing team needed for other stretches. Your defense was slightly better than advertised which can simply be described as the ‘leaving the Wizards effect’ (which may be a thing of the past with the improved play of John Wall and their post all-star play, but I digress.) You put any scuffle with KG behind you which was a wise move considering the alternative of being alienated by the entire Celtic team upon your arrival.
Your minutes were inconsistent the entire season, sometimes playing upwards of 25 minutes (such as game 2 against New York) and occasionally receiving the dreaded DNP-Coaches Decision (game 5 against New York.) That must have been a little frustrating, perhaps that led you to potentially your most remembered action of the year when you most likely yelled some disparaging things about Ms. Lala Vasquez-Anthony after the Celtics game 5 victory. Perhaps this wasn’t the best idea? The Knicks were cruising at that point, you know, why wake a sleeping giant? Seemed unnecessary at the time and you did not exactly have the minutes and play to back up your fighting words. I appreciate the intention, maybe come back next year with a slightly different approach and much better execution?
Speaking of the future, your team option was picked up and you will be on the Celtic payroll for next year for a hair over two million dollars. If you could simply expand your repertoire on both ends in the slightest and be open to coaching from the great Celtic coaching staff it would be hugely appreciated. Put in some work this upcoming summer, a good year in your contract year could yield big financial returns in the future. Also make sure you take care of your back– dribbling with such a hunch can be dangerous.
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