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Kendrick Perkins tells Jamal Crawford that an NBA contender could need him


At 39, there is no question that Jamal Crawford could easily opt to call it an NBA career if chose to. But then again, that would depend on whether the passion and competitive spirit still burn inside him. Aside from that, it has become a practice for teams to turn to NBA veterans to help out in guiding the young rising stars. And teams that could make sense are the ones who plan to make a serious title run. But if one is to consider the suggestion of fellow NBA player Kendrick Perkins, the three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner could be a good fit for the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets have a formidable starting five, especially with James Harden and Russell Westbrook reuniting since their Oklahoma City Thunder days. Having Crawford coming off the bench would be something, especially after the 6-foot-5 guard showed he can still shoot the lights out.

Crawford entered the NBA record books when he suited up for the Suns after becoming the first player to score 50 points or more in a game for four different teams. He also scored 50 (or more) with the Chicago Bulls (50 points, 2004), New York Knicks (52 points, 2007) and the Golden State Warriors (50 points, 2008).

Should he be considered by the Rockets, he is not expected to unload that much. He will be coming off the bench to spell either Westbrook or Harden although head coach Mike D’Antoni could tweak it a bit and use the three at the same time for small-ball basketball. And seeing he could retire any time soon, nothing beats winding up your pro basketball career by (possibly) winning an NBA title.