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Jamal Crawford – automatic bucket, all-time cheat code and pantheon-level problem – has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Brooklyn Nets ahead of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. The Athletic’s Shams Charania had the scoop:
Since the news of the season resumption broke, the Nets have had Deandre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Taurean Prince and Wilson Chandler opt out for various reasons. Those decisions, in addition to existing injuries to Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Nic Claxton, will leave the East’s current No. 7 severely understaffed in Orlando, but Crawford should add a layer of entertainment to their eight seeding games and possible postseason run.
Crawford, after all, famously scored 51 points in his last NBA while with the Phoenix Suns on April 10, 2019. With the performance, he became the oldest player in NBA history to score 50+ in a game (39 years, 20 days), just edging out Michael Jordan (38 years, 315 days).
He also became the first NBA player to score 50 with four different teams. His first burger came as a member of the Bulls, with whom he spent the first four seasons of his career, on April 11, 2004. Across 19 NBA seasons, Crawford has scored 19,414 points and won three Sixth Man of the Year awards.
«It was disappointing, it was shocking,» Crawford said of not being signed for the 2019-20 season when he joined the Bulls Talk Podcast back in April. «My character is solid, I won teammate of the year two years ago. Besides the 50-point game, I had my highest scoring month in April (2019). I averaged 31 points in the month of April off the bench. So I thought without a doubt I showed I could still play, my character is solid, I thought without a doubt (I would get signed).»
Crawford added that even though the pandemic impacted his pickup routine, he had been able to stay in shape via a fitness center he has in his home. He’ll be ready for the opportunity.
«Absolutely,» he said when asked if he still hoped to find a home in the league. «I’m training as if I’m playing, or I’m going to play. Part of that obviously is for me, because I’m never out of shape, so I love to play anyway. I’ll be playing somewhere, whether it’s here or LA Fitness, I’ll be playing somewhere. But hopefully it’s back in the league.»
At that point, not even Crawford could have guessed his next organized basketball would come in a Disney World bubble. But here we are. Whatever he does, it will certainly be worth watching.
Report: Jamal Crawford signs with Brooklyn Nets ahead of NBA bubble originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago