Nov 12, 2017 Dave McMenaminESPN Staff Writer Close Cavs and NBA writer for ESPN.com Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14 and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09 Syracuse University graduate DALLAS — During a third-quarter timeout Saturday, LeBron James leaned over from his seat on the bench, turned his head to peer down the row of seats to catch Jae Crowder’s attention and barked instructions at his new teammate over the crowd noise at American Airlines Center.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jae Crowder knew there wasn’t much time left. His mother was unresponsive, lying in her Atlanta hospital bed the night of Aug. 22 as her fight against cancer came to a close. But she could still hear. She could moan to acknowledge. So, at the urging of the nurses, Crowder kept talking.
When it comes to team culture, Jae Crowder notices a difference between his former squad – the Boston Celtics – and his new running mates on the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I noticed the difference in mentality; I noticed the difference in the culture of work,” Crowder said recently, via NBA.com’s David Aldridge.
It’s not the disaster that it could have turned into when Kyrie Irving first requested a trade, but it’s going to take the Cavs a bit to figure out the guard position.
WALTHAM, Mass. – It’s easy for a player to fly under the radar when he has a teammate like Isaiah Thomas playing alongside him. That’s been exactly the case for Jae Crowder this season, as he is quietly having one of the most efficient shooting campaigns in the entire NBA.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Weather heightened the difficulty of the trip, but Boston Celtics wing Jae Crowder said he flew back to his high school Friday night for a ceremony to retire his jersey in both football and basketball. Over the summer, Crowder received the key to the city in Villa Rica, Ga.
The Boston Celtics currently have two All-Stars from a year ago on their roster – Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. Thomas is one of the best point guards in the NBA following his breakout season in 2015/16, and Horford has been as consistent of a center as anyone since being drafted third overall in 2007.