Michael Jordan’s Close Friend Could Make NBA Return for Warriors or Suns as per Shaquille O’Neal

Published 04/15/2022, 12:00 PM EDT
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Jamal Crawford is arguably the greatest sixth man in NBA history. And he is also a close friend of Michael Jordan, who used to play pickup games with Crawford. This helped Crawford become one of the best scorers in the league and he could provide instant offense anytime. Though he retired in March, an NBA legend suggests that Crawford might not be done.

Jamal Crawford was recently on Shaquille O’Neal’s podcast and he talked about his career. He was questioned if he will make his return to the NBA. Crawford is still seen working out regularly, and he could still help any team.

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Any team would benefit from his exceptional shooting skills and offensive prowess

Can the friend of Michael Jordan make a shocking return?

Shaq answered for Crawford when he was asked about his return. He said, “Let me answer it. If it’s a championship team that could really win a championship. Yes. If it’s a team that just wants to play, no. But Golden State calls him, Phoenix call him, he’ll be there.” Shaq also included Brooklyn in the options.

To Crawford’s credit, he has stayed in basketball shape and he has been in the gym all summer long. So any contender actually called him, there is a chance he might still go. But it may be too late this season, as the playoffs have already started and teams would not want to disrupt chemistry now.

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But make no mistake, Crawford is still an NBA-level player. That killer crossover, 1v1 moves, and smooth jump shot are still there. And he is a good passer too. Any team would want to have a secondary ball-handler, especially one who can score anytime.

Crawford’s best years came with the Clippers as he was the leader of the second team. And he was also one of the closers for that team. He may not have that explosive athleticism anymore, but he still can help any team.

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It will be interesting to see if any team gives him a chance and finish his career on a high. Which team would you like to see him play for if he makes a comeback? Let us know in the comments!

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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