Jamal Crawford reveals the secret to his longevity
New Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Jamal Crawford is the oldest player in the NBA at the moment. He’s three months older than Miami Heat icon Udonis Haslem, who held the title of the oldest player in the league before Brooklyn signed Crawford this week.
During an interview with Marc Berman of the New York Post, the new Nets signee spoke about how he’s been able to keep his body in tip-top condition for so many years.
“My wife changed my diet a few years ago, and that was huge,’’ Jamal Crawford said in explaining his longevity.
“And I’m just staying in love with the game. I didn’t turn 40. I turned 20 twice. I have no idea what my role will be, but whatever it is, I will try to do it to the best of my ability. I’m just thankful to the Nets for the opportunity.’’
The Nets signed Crawford and Michael Beasley since they desperately needed bodies for the “bubble” games. Brooklyn will be without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Wilson Chandler, and Tauren Prince down in Orlando, Florida, so it made all the sense in the world for general manager Sean Marks to add Crawford and Beasley.
Crawford played with the Phoenix Suns during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 7.9 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 64 regular-season games while shooting 39.7 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 84.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Nothing is set in stone, but there’s a chance the Nets could bring Crawford back for the 2020-21 season since the three-time Sixth Man of the Year has a strong relationship with both Durant and Irving.