For the second straight year, Jae Crowder failed to win an NBA ring. After falling short with the Miami Heat last season, he once again went home empty-handed with the Phoenix Suns this campaign.

While he admitted that the defeat was painful, Crowder, who immediately walked off the floor after the final buzzer, said they can build off the setback, especially with the young guys that the Suns have (via Bright Side of the Sun).

“Obviously, you can use this as a stepping stone, especially for our organization to get back on the right path, our players to experience this early in their careers, it’s great for them, obviously, and I’m happy for them. That motivation will continue to be with them as they train, just to chase this moment again. If you channel it the right way, it can be beneficial.”

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Being one of the Suns’ veterans, the 31-year-old Crowder feels accountable for their loss. But he didn’t offer any excuses. In fact, he gave much credit to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks for playing a splendid series.

“All credit to those guys, they played well all series. They hung in there when they was down 2-0. They came back hit us in the mouth and then hit us again in Game 5. Respect to those guys. I respect them. Yeah, it just came down to just making a few plays there late on the defensive end, I think we came up short.”

The Suns are facing a few key decisions in the offseason, but it would be logical for the team to retain Jae Crowder who could have a third straight crack at winning the NBA title.