Jamal Crawford endured a tough year with the Blazers last season as the team finished 11th in the Western conference (28-38) following the release of head coach Nate McMillan in March- so he wasn’t surprised he didn’t receive the warmest welcome at the Rose Garden Thursday night:
When Crawford first entered the game late in the first quarter, he received a rash of boos. He said when he heard those rumblings of displeasure, he just took it and grinned.
“I smiled, actually. I smiled,” Crawford said. “Because anybody who was a part of what happened last year, I think deserves to get booed. I don’t have any hard feelings for the fans here. I took less to come here. I just wanted to get out here and get a win and that’s what we did.”