It’s the end of the road for the basketball playing career of one of the most entertaining players to ever play in the NBA. Jamal Crawford, who electrified NBA fans with his streetball flair and loved by coaches and teammates alike for his professionalism, is retiring at age of 42.
Crawford made the announcement just after his 42nd birthday, via Twitter.
“ Goodbye to the game, all the spoils the adrenaline rush.”
Thank you basketball, I owe you everything …..✌🏾 pic.twitter.com/PpKYjoqz9p
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) March 21, 2022
That “Goodbye to the game all the spoils, the adrenaline rush” line is actually part of the lyrics of Jay-Z’s December 4th, but it surely fits Crawford’s message.
Crawford has been out of league action for quite some time before hanging up his sneakers. He played just a game for the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019-20 NBA season, which turned out to be the last time he wore NBA threads in an official outing. Crawford was a journeyman throughout his NAB career that started in 2000 with the Chicago Bulls, though it was actually the Cleveland Cavaliers who selected him in that year’s NBA Draft.
The former Michigan Wolverines guard played with nine teams in the NBA, but it’s with the Los Angeles Clippers where he had the best stretch. In five seasons with the Clippers, Crawford won two of his three NBA Sixth Man of the Year Awards — tied for most ever with Lou Williams.
Williams finishes his career having averaged 14.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists across 1,327 games.