Nelson’s decision to sit one of his players has drawn some ire. Jamal Crawford would never say it publicly, so his agent said it for him. He is not happy.
“Jamal wants to play. That’s what he came here for. If the coach doesn’t want to play him, he should have a valid reason why he doesn’t want to play him.”
“As an agent and a longtime fan of the Warriors. I totally disagree with this.”
It must be noted that Crawford has an opt out and this could have an impact. There is no question the two best scenarios for Crawford is to sign an extension with the Warriors or to opt out and sign a long-term deal.
At the very least, he wants to see other veterans benched, too. Goodwin is concerned that Crawford may look like he’s unhappy and pouting, which would hurt his image and sign-ability. Crawford took the high road.
“I’m a professional. I’m not trying to cause a stir. I’m going to do whatever coach thinks is best for the team. I’m going to always show up for my team.”
Personally, I thought it was odd that Crawford is the one to sit though Jackson leads the league in minutes. Nellie said he doesn’t have other options at small forward, but what did they do when Jax was out? Just not have a SF?
Maggette and Azubuike are players who can play the position. Even Anthony Morrow or Randolph, who Nellie said he eventually sees as a SF down the line.
Does Crawford have a legitimate gripe? What do you think of Nellie’s decision to sit Crawford?