If they gave out Sixth Man of the Year awards at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School back in the day, it is a given that Jamal Crawford would have grabbed every single one. But instead he was busy starting, winning a state championship in 1998 and eventually having his jersey retired.
Ah, those were the days. Yet for Crawford, those days in Seattle suddenly come back to mind now that he is playing for the Los Angeles Clippers and making an early season case to claim his second NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.
I haven't felt this comfortable since high school. I feel like I have a home. I want to be here as long as they want me here,” Crawford said after the Clippers beat the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, 103-90.
Yes, those Portland Trail Blazers. The same Rip City where Crawford called home last season in a brutal year that saw Crawford shoot a career-low 30 percent from 3-point and average 13.9 points per game -- his lowest scoring total since the 200...