Maybe you’ve noticed this over the last few years. There haven’t been a lot of things to cheer for at the Garden for Knicks fans.Â They’ve been an embarrassing collection of owners, coaches and malcontent players. And yet, through it all, there has been Jamal Crawford. Now, he’s apparently on his way to Golden State for Al Harrington.
Did he shoot too much? Yes. Was he sometimes a defensive liability? Sure.Â But he was also a solid citizen, a steady performer and a clutch shooter on a team that rarely won.Â
Crawford was the only player to improve under Larry Brown. He stayed above the fray when Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury tried to sink the organization. And he seemed the perfect fit for Mike D’Antoni’s fast break system.
But, all the reasons that Knicks fans loved Jamal Crawford are also the reasons he had to go. He was the only marketable player on a team looking to clear cap space in advance of LeBron and Wade and Melo and Bosh becoming free agents.
So, now Jamal Crawford is a Warrior. Traded across the country just like another Garden fan favorite of the previous era. But John Starks came back and is now a member of the Knicks front office. I’d like to think the door will be open toÂ Crawford as well.
Anyway, good luck Jamal, and thanks.