A Tale of Two Vikings: Jamal Crawford & Nate Robinson"/>
Nate Robinson's fellow Rainier Beach grad, Jamal Crawford, has been told by his coach, Don Nelson, to either opt out of his contract at season's end or the team will trade him. Nelson's reasoning is that Crawford and his $10 million per year contract are too good/fat to come off the bench next season, as Nellie intends to start a backcourt tandem of Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson.
With Nelson, who recently began putting his starters in street clothes in intermittent games to give younger players more time, the unconventional is the conventional. But what's especially crazy about this pronouncement is that: (a) Crawford would be dumb to opt out of a contract where he's owed $20 million over the next two years, and (b) because of said contract's largess and the current crap economy (where half the league has taken "bailout" money from Commissioner David Stern's office), the Warriors are going to have a difficult time moving him, to put it mildly.
Despite all this, Crawford continues to start and produce for the Warriors at a clip similar to his output in New York, where he began the year spearheading a kinetic, run-and-gun offense alongside Robinson. Since Crawford's trade to Golden State, the mercurial Nate-Rob has become a national celebrity, while his fellow tweener guard from Seattle's south side continues to shuttlecock around the league despite a reputation as a class act and a stat line that's virtually indistinguishable from Robinson's. Go figure.