Jamal Crawford Would Like to Start, Also Unhappy?

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Will Jamal Crawford or JJ Redick be the Starting Shooting Guard for the Clippers in 2013-2014?
Jamal Crawford
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J.J. Redick
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david
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I just noticed that Jamal Crawford said that he would like the chance to be a starter in response to a question a fan asked him via Twitter. Do you guys think Jamal will be the Clipper starting shooting guard, or has JJ Redick already been assumed the starter? And who would more likely be in the game during crunch time- JCrossover or Redick? Or both? Probably depends on who has been hotter, and also defensively who will match up better with their man.

IMO with Vinny Del Negro gone, Jamal may see a slight reduction in his minutes, and hence his desire to be a starter. Will there be a battle to see who gets the spot? We shall see during Clipper training camp.

Hooligans
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I read that question as well, I think it was "do you think you have the tools to be able to succeed as a starting SG in the NBA" (or something along those lines). And of course he said yes, who doesn't want to start?

Wouldn't mind seeing him start and having Redick be both the backup PG and SG off the bench. The main reason I don't want to pick up THAT good of a backup PG is because I want to see Paul/Redick/Crawford all get a lot of minutes and not have any un-happy players.

Edit: looks like you had the right question David. I hope Jamal isn't mad with the clippers for trading for Redick.....

david
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^^Yep the question may be can Redick be a backup point guard and be successful? I've never personally seen him play point, but maybe someone who have can comment on his ability to do so. We've seen Jamal play point and it just didn't work too well.

BTW here was the question and Crawford's reply:

@JCrossover would you like the chance to be a starter again soon?"--yes.

Here is another interesting answer to another question:

@JCrossover where do you see the clippers at in 5 years? Championships?"--i don't know.

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I think under Doc, he can be a starter. After all, he had 3 20ppg calibre players in Allen, Pierce, and KG in the starting lineup.

FreaKeyy
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Yup been following him and he always mentions his desire to be a starter. Like one time a fan asked him if he can score 50 points again, then he said maybe If was starting. I don't really mind as long as it doesn't kill the chemistry, but that is quite impossible. He should just accept his role. If he can't we can always get someone for him. Maybe we can sign Nick Young wink

ClipSince7thGrade
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I think that we'll play both Redick and Crawford in clutch situations, probably go small with a line up of Paul Redick Crawford Dudley and Griffin, depending on the make up of the opposing team. As far as the starting spot I think that both the SG and SF starting positions are up for grabes. Either you stay with chemistry and put Barnes and Crawford out there or you go with the better 3P% and put Redick and Dudley out there or you mix and match em. No matter how it ends up I think we'll be good.

FreaKeyy
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...Interesting and very disappointing. SMH

david
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You might be right- I just noticed this recent tweet:

@JCrossover all this NBA "business" going on, is it hard to keep your love for the game?--nope that's why I can play anywhere!

Uh oh.... Why would he say something like that, unless he's not too thrilled with the club. I mean he could have simply answer "nope".

david
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I think it's 50/50 but if Jamal puts his mind to it, he can beat out Redick to be the starter. And it sounds like Crawford wants to be the starter. We'll see how Doc Rivers decides, and how well the other player will take it. Both have experience coming off the bench and starting, so it will be interesting to see who gets the opening nod.

Hooligans
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I usually don't read too much into comments but that's just disappointing. Which sucks because up until right now he's been all class and fine with his role. And he doesn't exactly have a ton of trade value, considering the fact that he's strictly a scoring guard. Hopefully Doc can manage these egos.

ClipSince7thGrade
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Wow...that's shocking, I wouldn't have thought he'd answer like that. Wonder what's going on behind the scenes

clipperstown
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never seen j craw respond or answer like that... sounds like he's pissed and not into this team right now... wow. hopefully he was just having a bad day or something

FreaKeyy
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You know what bothers me? None of our guys even welcomed Jared and Redick, well atleast on twitter. Hopefully they texted them or something.

david
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I think the main reason is probably since July 10 hasn't arrived yet- that's when all the contracts are finalized I believe. But I could be wrong- we'll see.

ClipSince7thGrade
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Could have but didn't, I'm sure his love for basketball excedes his love for the Clippers. Maybe he's upset, maybe he's not and we're just misreading or reading too deeply into things. One things forsure though, he's under contract for the Clippers as of now and will be putting his all into what he loves which is basketball not the Clippers per-say. It's really unfortunate because Crawford has been making it seem like he's loving clipper nation and for him to be reacting the way he is to these questions is bringing up my own questions of his character

Shinob
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think you guys are reading too much into his comments. he's just straight out answering fans questions. pretty sure it's no biggie.

Amnesty_David_Stern
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I think Crawford will have the role Jason Terry did, a backup combo guard who can bring in scoring and speed. Granted the Jet is a bit slower now, but you get the idea.

Whether it's Redick or Crawford starting I am fine. I am just happy ou starting SG isn't going to be Billups or Green.

ClipSince7thGrade
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You know what...agreed

Shinob
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also, the championship answer...where he said i don't know.... he's just being humble.

shouldn't be alarming. i'm not worried.

Heediot
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Trade him. Volume scoring chucker that disappears come playoff time.

CLIPSET
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Maybe he saw the signings of Green and Barnes as a threat to his minutes as a backup. Dudley may get minutes at the 2, now that they have Barnes, who will most likely be the starter. Another thing to keep in mind is that the next two years of his contract are non-guaranteed.

I wouldn't mind him starting though.

marten81
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offc he needs to aim for that.. that question where he says he doesn't know if we win a championship worries me more.. and he didn't disapear come playoff time, he disapears against tony allen.

clipperboy24
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Ship him out. We don't want a mo Williams baron Davis attitude going on. Also if he wants to be a starter he has to learn to play a little thing called defense

MartyKahn
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I still don't like Crawford's gm as far as winning a championship, I want Redick to start. Screw what Jamal thinks. He well compensated.

Voyeur
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No hell no! I just got finished defending Crawford in another thread, but no way would I want him to start. He talked about how he enjoyed the freedom Vinny gave him as a Clipper. That's because coming of the bench, he is basically THE MAN. His game is not conducive as a starter. JJ's style ABSOLUTELY is. We needed a guy in the starting lineup who can nail spot up jumpers and score off screens and keep the offense running by moving without the ball. Not a guy who shoots in rhythm with one on one plays while everybody else is standing around. JJ was 3rd among SG's last year in assist to turnover ratio...Crawford will dribble the ball off his foot by dancing around too much. Again, that's fine moments off the bench. Not early on as a starter.

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It's a pretty selfish move too. How do you go from loving the freedom you have with the Clippers and having the "most fun" you've had "since high school"...to now talking about being a starter?

I don't want to speculate here, but does he look at Redick and think he's not as worthy to start as, say, Willie or something?

And, yeah, if Crawford continues to act this way, I'd be perfectly happy to get NY back. At least he can guard the perimeter.

Akclipps
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That was just a random question that he answered via twitter... He's not demanding it. Who wouldn't want to start if your a basketball player. U guys actin like he's a demarcus cousin type who whines about eveything

namzug
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Competition should be welcome, I have my doubts that his game could do well against first.stringers. I think he does better when he goes against second squads. I like jamal and think he might be a bit dissapointed in bringing in a player to start rather then trying him, but if he wins the starting spot then good. It might be the money JJ got which could of created jealousy if he views himself as a similar player, he'll get over it.

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Well, Doc hasn't really had a chance to get all these guys together for a proper meeting. Hopefully, everyone will be in a proper frame of mind after that. I'm sure Doc is looking for a starter who can fill the Ray Allen type role. That's certainly Redick's style.

Clippersfan86
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Uh what happened to him? Just last year he was mentioning championships. Also he said he's completely okay with a 6th man role. Redick is far more consistent and Crawford is best suited as a 6th man. Doc needs to have a talk with J Cross. It's probably just a misunderstanding. Even this summer he's talked about loving the Clippers and never wanting to leave.

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If our biggest problem this year is that our best bench player would rather be a starter then we are going to have a pretty smooth year.

Akclipps
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Man u guys r freakin out over this n over reacting.. Jamal crawford its not demanding to be a starter. He just answered a fan via twitter. All basketball player in the world want to start n that is a given. But he is not complaining about coming off the bench.

Agent0
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He should have said "not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4."

I think Redick's off ball movement and use of screens fits better with Paul and Blake than Jamal's skills. Celtics guys worked well because 1) they were all willing passers 2) Ray Allen played off the ball a lot, KG was the post up option and pick/pop/roll guy and Pierce would play as both a spot up guy and shot creator.

The Celtics group and the Lakers with Gasol were two times stars came together and right from the start an said they would fit because of the players games.

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See,Twitter is destroying America and people's minds. Jamal will be just fine and probably win 6th man of the year this season. And he didn't give the Faker answer of,we will win all 5 rings between now and then.

ClipsAndBolts
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You guys are taking his response the wrong way...

david
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Like others have said, Jamal is *not* demanding to be a starter. He has simply said he would like the chance to be the starter. I'm pretty sure that if Doc Rivers said, "Jamal, I need you coming off the bench", Jamal wouldn't complain one bit.

Jamal was a huge part of the Clipper regular season success last season and we know how good he is. He may mesh very well with the rest of the starters. If I'm not mistaken, he scored the most 4th quarter points of any Clipper last season, and a lot of time it was playing with the starters. So it might be something to try in training camp- starting Redick, then start Crawford, and see how the synergy is like.

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wow... how quickly fans turn on players...

smittywerb
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Nope, Crawford doesn't have the defense to be the starter we need in this team. Love the guy, but no Jamal.

ClippersRise
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"@JCrossover: Always interesting to see how front office people determine value of players in the nba. Good/ bad.."

Posted a while after Matt Barns was confirmed to re-sign. Maybe its just a coincidence tho

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Guys,just stay away from Twitter for a day,things are as good as they have ever been right now.

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i like him coming off the bench.

Agent0
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yup, no need to hate on him, too much psychoanalysis

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He just tweeted, "Decisions, decisions." WTF is up with this guy?

ClippersDA
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He is annoying - I'm in favor of moving him to help us get a good big. I don't want anyone here who is a malcontent and headcase.

Maybe it's an innocent tweet, but he has some value and I'm cool with sending him elsewhere to get what we really need. He would be horrible in the starting lineup.

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He's probably just trippin' out cause JJ Redick's gonna come waltz in and probably start over him. Everyone knows the JCross has his defensive shortcomings, but in his mind he's probably thinking.......I've broken JJ's ankles a bunch of times........why has he just come in and moved ahead of me? Right or wrong......good, bad, or indifferent......he's probably pissed. Either that, or people are just reading a bunch of nonsense into this.......which is what it probably is...

If he becomes problematic, then trade this dude for Amir Johnson at the upcoming trade deadline or even now if the Raptors will do it. There's your new Odom. Move Willie Green into the backup 2. Bring back Hollins.

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He is valuable to provide bench spark, but I am not sure he realizes we can easily trade him now that we have a whole bunch of guards, who can actually score. The starter should be this guy, who brings the most to the table - both offense and defense!

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I agree. Plus, barely any of the NBA's backup wing players can guard Crawford. So, off the bench........he's a matchup nightmare. As a starter, he's a defensive liability...

Jerediscool
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"decisions decisions" could be about what to eat for dinner. Serioulsy, people are taking this whole twitter thing waaaaaay too seriously. Relax brosefs, we still have a full off season before we have actual things to worry about.

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One mans trash is another mans treasure? There is something going on

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Not everything someone posts on "twitter" has to be basketball related.. decisions, decisions.... could be at the movies, could be at dinner, could be wondering what type of condom to use... don't read too much into it.

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