This is the recorded phone call made to Alameda County 911 on June 25, 2009.
911 caller: "Hi, is this 911? (Isn’t this the craziest question) [laughter]"
Dispatch: "Yes, it is, Sir. How can I help you?"
911 caller: "I’d like to report a robbery that took place of June 25, 2009, right before my eyes."
Dispatch: "Explain what happened, Sir."
911 Caller: "I’m a season ticket holder for the Golden State Warriors basketball team. I’ve paid my hard earned money, hoping to watch my Warriors in the playoffs and ultimately the NBA Finals, but on June 25th something dashed my hopes of contending this year.
"Well it actually started last season. 54 games into the season, our coach, Don Nelson, had the creative genius to bench Jamal Crawford. Jamal was averaging 19.7 points, 2nd on the team to Stephen Jackson; 4.4 assist, 2nd to Stephen Jackson; and shot a team high 88% from the free throw line.
"The reason given for the benching by Don Nelson defied logic. What was the message that Nelson was sending to a young team and to the fans, like myself, who work hard to pay for Warriors tickets in order to see them win?
"'We are not going to play the rest of the season to win. Let’s lose for an increased lottery spot and more of those numbered balls' Jamal was not injured or complaining publicly after averaging 19 points per game and scoring 50 points on the Bobcats for a win earlier in the season.
"He took the demotion with class while being treated terribly by the coach and management."
Dispatch: "I’m sorry, Sir. Now where is the robbery that took place?"
911 Caller: "I’m getting there. Anway, at the end of the season, Jamal was asked to utilize his player option to become a free agent or he would be traded. Here’s where the robbery took place, Sir.
"The Golden State Warriors traded Jamal Crawford, a dynamic scorer and good teammate, for Speedy Claxton (9.3 points a game) and Acie Law (3.6 points a game). Golden State was robbed. Robbed, I tell you! Where is the return on trading Jamal? This can’t be it! Is there a player to be named later coming in this trade to Golden State?"
Dispatch: "I’m sorry, Sir, but it sounds like you were shafted along with the Warriors. Good thing, I’m a Hawks fan! Thanks for calling."
This trade made financial sense, but overpaying players on the current roster was not Crawford’s fault. Monta Ellis, Corey Maggette and Andris Biedrins all get $9 mil +. Are they worth it?
Rest assured Atlanta loves this trade, they lost nothing. Here’s what Executive Vice President and General Manager, Rick Sund, said about the trade:
“We feel we have gained tremendous flexibility with the addition of Jamal. He gives us balance in the backcourt, having produced at both point guard and shooting guard positions. Not only is Jamal a talented scorer, but he can also deliver quality production down the stretch of games.”
Jamal is one of the league’s top fourth quarter producers. Crawford ranked as the seventh-highest scorer in the final 12 minutes of a game this past year, yet he was benched.
In addition, Crawford has three 50-point games, all with different teams (Chicago, New York and Golden State), becoming only the fourth player in NBA history to accomplish that feat, joining Bernard King, Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone, yet he was benched.
Not to mention Jamal is a good teammate and community guy, when other Warriors have displayed the opposite, yet he was benched.
On Feb 5, 2008, Jamal earned one of the highest awards that can be given to a New York Athlete, as he received the Thurman Munson Award for all of the off-court community work he has done. Atlanta gets a good community guy and scorer.
Golden State gets two more point guards for a team that drafted Stephon Curry, and has Monta Ellis running the point. Great move Warriors.
“Someone please call 911. Tell them the Warriors just got shot down and the bullet was lodged in their fans hearts.”
I’m not a Warriors fan or Hawks fan by the way. I would enjoy your feedback.