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Jae Crowder will be the Bucks' first player, After the All-Star break

Crowder hasn't played at all this season, but Milwaukee got him from Phoenix as part of a deal with Brooklyn and Indiana.

Jae Crowder will be the Bucks' first player, After the All-Star break
Jae Crowder will be the Bucks' first player, After the All-Star break

The Bucks will start Jae Crowder after the All-Star break


(AP) — MILWAUKEE — Jae Crowder, a forward for the Milwaukee Bucks, got so angry during his layoff that he sometimes yelled or cursed while watching multiple games on his four TVs at the same time. 


Crowder told reporters on Monday for the first time since the Bucks got him at the trade deadline last week, "I'd get mad." "I'd get mad because I knew I was supposed to be in those situations by now, but I haven't been in them for three or four months." 


Crowder has to wait a little longer before he can play for his new team for the first time. 


Monday, Crowder's coach, Mike Budenholzer, said that Crowder won't play for Milwaukee until after the All-Star break. Crowder won't be able to help the Bucks defend their 10-game winning streak against the NBA-leading Boston Celtics on Tuesday or when they travel to Chicago two nights later. 


Crowder hasn't played at all this season. In 2021-22, he started all 67 games for the Phoenix Suns and averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. Late in September, the Suns said that Crowder wouldn't be coming to training camp. They said that it was a mutual decision. Since then, they had been working on a trade for him. 


Crowder, who is 32 years old, wouldn't say what went wrong with him and the Suns. 


Crowder said, "I just feel like it's over with now." "Something went on inside the company that they asked me to keep quiet, so I'm going to do as they asked. I've been working with these guys for months as a trade partner. I think, more or less, that they did what they said they would do. We all thought it would be done faster, but it took longer." 


In the deal that brought Kevin Durant to Phoenix, the Suns sent him to the Brooklyn Nets. Crowder was sent to the Bucks by the Pacers in exchange for three second-round picks, forward Jordan Nwora, guard George Hill, and center Serge Ibaka, as well as two second-round picks from Brooklyn. Ibaka was later let go by the Pacers. 


Crowder was glad to have the chance to go to Milwaukee. 


Crowder wanted to play for another winning team after making it to the NBA Finals with Miami in 2020 and Phoenix in 2021. By going back to the Midwest, he can spend more time with his daughter Jada, who lives in Chicago and is 9 years old. 



Crowder, who played at Marquette from 2010 to 2012, is also coming back to his old school. Crowder said that as soon as he got to Milwaukee, he went to the downtown Marquette campus. 


He said, "I just took a trip down memory lane." "I went back to the place where I used to live. I rode my bike through town and across campus. I just took it all in and loved it. I feel like my life has come full circle. Here we are 12 years later, 11 years later, and I'm back where this journey began for me. 


The Bucks think that Crowder's ability to shoot 3-pointers and be a big wing defender helps them win their second championship in three years. After not playing all season, the question is how soon he will be back to his best. 


Crowder says he has been working out hard while waiting to be traded, but he pointed out that Monday's practice was the first time "in months" that he had done 5-on-5 drills with other NBA players. 


Crowder said, "My lungs are where they need to be." "It hurts to walk." 


Crowder's ability to do well in the playoffs is well known to the Bucks. 


In the 2020 Eastern Conference semifinals, Crowder helped Miami beat the top-seeded Bucks in five games. The next year, Crowder was with Phoenix when they lost to the Bucks in the NBA Finals. In both of those series, he made more than 40% of his 3-point shots. He has played in the postseason 107 times in his career. 


Budenholzer said, "He does anything it takes to win." "He does so many little things defensively and offensively on both ends of the court. On the offensive end, he's kind of tough and sets screens. He understands spacing, understands timing. He has won a lot. 


Crowder wants to make another deep playoff run with a different team now that his long goodbye with the Suns is over. 


Crowder said, "I'm thankful for my time in Phoenix." "I'm grateful for the people I work with. I'm grateful that the organization has accepted me over the past two years. We had a great run, did some great things in Phoenix, and helped change their culture. So I'm glad for those people. I hope they have success in the future. Here in Milwaukee, I'm moving on to the next part of my career."

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