Though the Nets are currently one of the Eastern Conference's eight playoff teams, needing only to fend off the lowly, Bradley Beal-less Wizards to hang on to a spot, fans aren't too optimistic about their playoff chances. After all, Kevin Durant hasn't stepped foot on the court all season, Kyrie Irving is very unlikely to partake in the NBA's bubble season for a number of reasons and Spencer Dinwiddie is opting not to play after another positive coronavirus test. DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince are two more Nets who won't be making the trip to Disney.
So with the team's available options dropping like flies and not too much to play for anyway, the Nets opted to have a little fun with their latest acquisition.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, 19-year NBA veteran Jamal Crawford will join Brooklyn for the remainder of the season, making it the ninth team he's played for throughout his career and the second team in New York. J-Crossover was on the Knicks from 2004 to midway through the 2008-2009 season, a stretch in which he posted his only 20 points-per-game season and became an exciting fan favorite.
He didn't play a game in the 2019-20 season, but like riding a bike, it seems like Crawford will be able to pick up and play as soon as he steps on the court. After all, you can't teach moves like these.
It's not like he wasn't effective the last time he was on an NBA court either. Why, it was just last year, and actually in his most recent NBA game, that the then-39-year-old dropped... 51 POINTS?!
In addition to Crawford, the Nets officially signed forward Michael Beasley as a Substitute Player as well.
Beasley, 31, has not played this year and last played during the 2018-19 season with the Los Angeles Lakers in which he averaged just 10.7 minutes in 26 games. He also spent 2018 playing with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association where he helped lead them to the CBA championship.
While Durant will not be with the team, it is noteworthy that Beasley is close friends with the Nets' star as the two grew up together in the Washington D.C. area.
Beasley, however, will not be able to take the court immediately as he must serve a five-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy last April. He will get to play in a minimum five games for the Nets -- three seeding games and two play-in games.
We're not sure if these are the moves that will allow the Nets to pull off a miracle run. But a Jamal Crawford crossover, no matter how old the performer of the move is, is one of the most magical displays of ball-handling that NBA fans have been able to watch over the years. At the very least, it should be enough to provide that same excitement to Nets fans who may not be expecting much else.