Jamal Crawford: ‘That's What's So Cool' About the Warriors

Jamal Crawford will play for the Timberwolves next season.

He's looking forward to trying to dethrone the Warriors.

"It's a challenge. It's a great challenge. And that's what makes it fun," Crawford told Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype Podcast. "If you go to a movie and you already know how it's gonna end before it starts, you'd be like, "Oh, that movie wasn't that good.'

"But if you go and there's a lot of twists and turns and plots and different storylines, and this is happening and that is happening, and something crazy happens that you didn't see happening at all -- and that's how the movie plays out -- 'Oh, that was a good movie.'

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"The Warriors are the cream of the crop. They're the champions until somebody knocks em off. I think that's what's fun. You get to play them three or four times a year. You get a chance to see where you're at. You get a chance to see what you can improve on, what you did well. And then hopefully in the end, you put it all together.

"But they're kind of raising the level of play for everybody and every team, and that's what's so cool about it."

The Timberwolves haven't made the playoffs since 2004 -- when they reached the Western Conference Finals.

This offseason, they added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Crawford.

They are expected to compete for a Top 4 seed in the loaded Western Conference.

How do they match up with the Warriors?

"On paper and then seeing them in person is a different thing," Crawford answered. "We kind of have to go through the wars together first. Our team. Those guys have been together now so they know exactly what to expect, who does what and how things fit.

"For us, we have to go through those wars and see how we'll handle different situations ... we have some really good players and we have a really good coach. And that's kind of where it starts and then we kind of build our culture from there.

"Chemisty is underrated. You have to have that. We'll see how we'll match up and I think I'll be able to give you a better answer towards the end of the season."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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