BOSTON -- Jordan Crawford played a total of 16 regular season games for the Atlanta Hawks. Talking about his former team, though, it would be easy to think he had spent years on the squad.
"It was a good experience," Crawford told CSNNE.com. "A lot of cool vets took care of me. [I] wish it could have been a little longer."
The Hawks acquired Crawford from the New Jersey Nets in the summer of 2010. Halfway through his rookie season, they dealt him to the Washington. Crawford had played for the Wizards since February of 2011 until the Celtics traded for him last month.
On Friday, he faced his first team for the first time as a member of the C's as they hosted the Hawks. Crawford played 16 minutes, scoring nine points (4-7 FG) and grabbing two rebounds, in the Celtics 107-102 overtime win.
Prior to the game Crawford caught up with members of the training staff and former teammates on the Hawks side of the court during warmups.
"They're all happy for me, excited I'm out of that last situation," he said. "It showed that they cared about me."
Crawford appreciates the learning experience he had with the Hawks, crediting their veterans for maintaining a balanced locker room -- "They were chill but they knew how to handle business."
Cawford, 24, is learning from Celtics veteran leaders Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry. As much as he enjoyed playing for his former team, he is happy where he is now.
"Sometimes when I see (the Celtics logo), I'm kind of shocked," he said. "I saw it so much growing up, for it to be you, it's amazing."