Jamal Crawford was on SportsCenter last Friday talking about his desire to get back in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers need to sign him for the playoffs. Lake Show Life breaks down what J-Crossover has in the tank and what he can do to help the Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers can easily give Jamal Crawford a belated birthday gift when the season starts up again with a pro-rated contract.
Jamal Crawford can gift the Lakers with something that they really need. A bench player that does not need LeBron James to get his own shot with the shot clock winding down late in the playoffs.
Lake Show Life has been known to make pleas on roster moves the Los Angeles Lakers should make at times this season.
- In the offseason, the site made a plea to sign Dwight Howard. We even broke it down to the essence of the contract that he signed. That one worked out to amazing success.
- A few weeks before the season went to hiatus, the site made a plea to sign J.R. Smith. Okay, that one remains to be seen.
- A couple of days, a warning was posted to avoid the signing of Dion Waiters. When he was signed, one writer on the staff was shocked.
Free-agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford hasn’t given up hope of playing a 20th NBA season and Lake Show Life won’t give up on the idea that he should be in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. Last year, the site laid out numerous reasons why Crawford should have had a roster spot last year.
Will Crawford be asked to start or contribute major minutes? No. But the Lakers need to find a way to sign him before a contender looking for a solid ball-handler and pure scorer start looking his way.
Jamal could play the West Coast version of Milwaukee Bucks swingman Kyle Korver, who averaged 16 minutes off the bench this year with veteran leadership. The added bonus will be Crawford’s playmaking skills off the dribble with uncanny shot-making ability.
Last week, Jamal Crawford spent time with ESPN’s Kenny Mayne on SportsCenter on Friday and said that he’s “been training as if I’m playing.”
Seems that the Carmelo Anthony PR machine is in effect here. Jamal Crawford is now the player that many basketball “purists” scratch their heads wondering why no NBA Finals contenders have given this guy a call.
The Los Angeles Lakers were making moves with improving the roster before the NBA suspension. While they didn’t make a deal prior to the NBA Trade Deadline, they put in the work grabbing players off the buyout market.
- After waiving DeMarcus Cousins, the Lakers almost immediately signed Markieff Morris after he was released from the Detroit Pistons.
- Then the team waived Troy Daniels, who was almost banned from the rotation for the aforementioned Dion Waiters.
It would be hard-pressed to believe that Rob Pelinka and the front office was satisfied with just these two moves. Despite those two moves, bottom line, the roster needed more coming off the bench for a deep run in the playoffs. With the Rajon Rondo quandary backing up LeBron James, another player that can get a basket by creating their own offense is needed.
Sadly, any article like this will be speculative to the point of “Crystal Ball”-ish until the NBA figures out how to function post-COVID-19.
Originally, the NBA suspended operations for 30 days. Now the suspension will be indefinite, as the CDC recommends no gatherings of more than 50 people. Hence no fans. Even without fans, it would take more than 50 people (Coaches, security, camera operators, the booth, the list is extensive, etc) to even get an NBA game on the air.
Another underestimated fallout from the suspension is that the NBA is in a moratorium period, reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. In short, all NBA business such as trades, signings, 10-day contracts and player or team options have stopped.
Until then, Lake Show Life takes a look at Jamal Crawford.