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Jamal Crawford says he ‘deserved to get booed’ by Blazers fans

Nov 9, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

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Saying last season was a disappointment in Portland is like calling the Titanic a minor boating accident. There isn’t enough hyperbole there to do it justice.

The Blazers were a talented team a season ago, but dealt with all kinds of locker room trouble that resulted in a complete dismantling of the club that began at the trade deadline and continued through the summer. Gone from last year’s roster are Raymond Felton, Marcus Camby, Gerald Wallace, Kurt Thomas, and head coach Nate McMillan.

Jamal Crawford was also on that list, and he returned to lead his new team to victory over his old one on Thursday in triumphant fashion. Not surprisingly, the fans in Portland weren’t pleased, so the bood rained down on Crawford from the rafters.

Crawford, however, had no problem with the fans’ reaction, and said afterward that anyone who played there in the mess that was last season deserved it.

Via CSNNW:

When Crawford first entered the game late in the first quarter, he received a rash of boos. He said when he heard those rumblings of displeasure, he just took it and grinned.

“I smiled, actually. I smiled,” Crawford said. “Because anybody who was a part of what happened last year, I think deserves to get booed. I don’t have any hard feelings for the fans here. I took less to come here. I just wanted to get out here and get a win and that’s what we did.”

Crawford says he expected this type of ovation.

“Nah, I kind of expected it,” Crawford said when asked if he was surprised. “I told my fiance I kind of expected it and she said ‘No they’re not’ and I said ‘Nah, trust me.’ I had a feeling they thought I was behind coach (McMillan getting fired) and all that stuff.”

There were all sorts of rumors floating around as to who exactly was the cancer in the Blazers’ locker room, and while most of the fingers ended up pointing at Felton, it was likely a combination of veterans leading the charge against their head coach during an extremely rough campaign.

Crawford has been around, and is one of the more thoughtful guys you’ll speak with in an NBA locker room. He knew this was coming, and handled it by doing the only thing he could, which was to go out and torch his former team on the way to victory.

  1. hollywood26 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Sad but understandable he got booed. Weird thing is, he’s actually one of the nicest, thoughtful guys in the league.

  2. jr420eightball - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    The Blazer fans are booing because their team sucks & Crawford didn’t wanna stick around & suck with them. Misery loves Company!!!

    • augiedog34 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      Ha! Says 420 eight ball! Go take some more drugs keep dreaming. Jamal Crawford got booed because he and and the rest of the Blazer vets last year gave up at the midway point of the season last year. They stopped listening to the coach and started playing for themselves. Nate McMillan wasn’t the greatest coach in the world, but with all the talent the Blazers had last year, they way underperformed and Jamal Crawford was a big part of that. Not only that he bolted first chance he got. If he would have stayed with the Blazers this year that team would have been legit. The only knock about the Blazers now is that they have no bench. Crawford is a man and can do what he wants, but I don’t blame the Blazer fans for booing him.

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