The PopGates Monday Bulletin: 2/12

Everything you might have missed last week from the Basketball Universe:

The other JCraw.

Westchester Knick Jordon Crawford – commonly mistaken with the other Jordan Crawford of the D-League – was traded from Westchester to the Canton Charge. The 5’6” fan favorite was dealt with a third round pick in 2017 D-league Draft for a second round pick. In two seasons with the team, Crawford averaged 9.5 points, 2.6 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game. Crawford has improved dramatically in two seasons in the D-League, and is an interesting look in the international pond next season. Crawford previously played in Cyrpus; if he chooses to head back overseas, odds are he will play in a higher tier league next season.

The Villain becomes the Hero.

In his first game in OKC as an opposing player, Kevin Durant was serenaded with boos. After a shaky 2-of-8 start, he found his form dropping 34 in a 130-114 win that was never close. Russell Westbrook went off for 47 points on 27 shots. The talent isn’t around him, but Westbrook, in continuing to put his team on his back, has made the full transformation from surly anti-hero to lovable Teddy-Graham.

After the game he said:”I used to get booed in all arenas…The tables have turned.”

The Warriors are no doubt the toughest out in the League, but one question remains: down the stretch how will KD rise to the roll of villain in a playoff atmosphere. The smart money is on him pulling a Wilt and shying away.

Freakshow.

Giannis is the next LeBron – if he ever learns to shoot will be a top 10 all time player. In a game against the Pacers, he travelled 50 feet in one dribble and dunked. The Internet is comparing it to MJ’s dunk from Space Jam. You be the judge:

Fox News.

In the wake of six New England Patriots saying they would boycott a trip to the White House, Steph Curry called Donald Trump an ass. The popular opinion among NBA players has been a resounding Donald Trump is an ass. The lone dissenting voice was Spencer Hawes. Kent Bazemore can now be counted among those in support of the President, saying:

That’s kind of what my thoughts were when he won the presidency. Have a businessman in office, because that’s the way the world’s trending. Even in the NBA, there’s more business and entrepreneurship in athletics these days. And I’m living proof you take care of your brand, good things happen to you … We’ve been living some stuff that’s been written for 200-300 years. The world has changed. The world has gotten a little smarter. It’s good that we have somebody that’s hip in that aspect to try to change it.

I wouldn’t hold my breath for another NBA player to come out in support of Trump.

Exit the Dragan.

Phoenix Suns 19-year old rookie Dragan Bender is out for the season after having ankle surgery. In 38 games, Bender averaged 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds.

What does this mean for Croatia come Eurobasket?

Chances are the Suns will hold Bender out, despite the timetable for recovery easily getting him on the court well-before August.

Quote of the Week:

“I didn’t want to look back when I’m 40 and not be humble enough to play in the D-League. It be tough (not playing in the NBA again), but it’s life, NBA not everything” – Jordan Crawford, Grand Rapids Drive.

Dunk of the Week:

Cavell Johnson NBL Canada – every bit as impressive as the Greek Freak’s dunk, except Cavell is in his 30s and is 6’8″ not 7′.