03.28.05

Jamal Crawford’s Winning State Of Mind

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As the Knicks’ playoff chances slip slide away, the New York Post’s Marc Berman takes issue with Jamal Crawford’s choice of words.

Friday night in Seattle, Jamal Crawford talked about coming back to his hometown feeling different this time. After four years with the Bulls, Crawford said he was finally returning “in a winning situation.”

Winning situation? What an insult to all the Knick teams that actually won. Crawford must be confused. It’s the Bulls, the club that allowed him to flee last summer in return for Knick junk, in the winning situation, six games above .500, vying for homecourt advantage.

If Crawford (above) thinks he’s in “a winning situation,” the Knicks have greater problems at shooting guard than anyone imagined.

The Knicks, 10 games under .500, are done now, having blown their season during a rainy Pacific Northwest weekend in back-to-back defeats in Seattle and Portland. Crawford put forth stinkers in both games.

The Portland loss was one of the season’s most disgraceful defeats, with players admitting they came out “flat” in a game needed to keep their dying playoff hopes alive.

The lost season continues tonight in Golden State. If you blame Stephon Marbury for this mess, you’d be dead wrong. This season was not lost at point guard. It was ruined at shooting guard, where Crawford did not live up to expectations and where Allan Houston’s bizarre season brought the team down emotionally.

Crawford is a better point guard than shooting guard ” with a nice handle but streaky outside shot. He’s been at 39 percent all season. But the biggest disappointment with Crawford has been careless defense, perhaps because he’s playing out of position, perhaps because he doesn’t hustle.

If Crawford took more pride in his defense than in his pass-to-himself-off-the-backboard trick-play dunk, the Knicks would be a better team.

4 Responses to “Jamal Crawford’s Winning State Of Mind”

  1. Kenny says:

    Its hostons fault.. and next season will be better cuz we will strart over new… the reason why the knicks fell is because Marbury decalered himself the best.. (even though he is) everyone knew he was the best he didnt need to say it.. so since then, mrbury has lived up to his expectations, beig top ten in the nba howber, crawford, thomas, tim thomas have not lived up to theirs

  2. Nuno says:

    Man, I what I see here is someone that has issues and feels a special hanger for Jamal Crawford, and said that he was the reason why teh knicks strugled…Well in my opinion, and surelly a lot other people too, everybody knows that what killed this season for the knicks was Jamal Crawford’s INJURY!!! Man, you may not like him but you got to be straight with your mind and know what happened ALL year…You can’t see things like the last shot is the only that mathers…If a player is 1-35 from field goald and scores the winning game shot, he’s not a superstar…You got to know everything he’ve done all season…

  3. CSTB says:

    Jamal Crawford’s FG percentage for the year (not just at the end of a game) : .398 And how many times did his the guy he was guarding score as many if not more points?

  4. Stephen Johnson says:

    Yall Need to stop blaming Crawford first of all the Knicks need a smart Big Man, Marbury, and Crawford and Phill Jackson thats all we need.
    and the reason we start losing is because Liney Wilkens is a baby every team have their losing streak and he leaves thats why we start lossing Herb Williams is good but we need an experience coach. And Crawford if you are reading this I want you to know I look up to you I play Just like you the best.

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