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Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford
Position: G
Born: 03/20/80
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $13,253,012
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Still reinventing himself, Crawford came to the realization in Atlanta that America’s Role Player was going to be as good as it gets. “I never dreamed of coming off the bench. I had started my whole life, always had been one of the most talented players,” he said. “But at that point I didn’t want to be known as a good player on a bad team. So I said I’d do whatever it takes.” The summer before the Hawks made him a reserve, Crawford sat out until the second or third pickup game every night in Seattle, growing impatient waiting to play until he gradually took to the role. “All of it, I can’t have regrets about it. It’s how I gained wisdom, learned the right things to do,” he said. “And there are the moments when you have to look at how far you’ve come to really appreciate your career.
Over what is believed to be a two-day span, he said, he lost in the neighborhood of $100,000. A person with intimate knowledge of the game claims Crawford lost several hundred thousand and Allen lost even more. And that, days after the dice game, a call was placed to Goodwin, Crawford’s agent, to inform him that Crawford had not yet squared his debt with one professional gambler. “OK,” Goodwin said, according to the person with intimate knowledge of the game. “What does he owe? Jamal is good for it.” “No, you don’t understand,” the go-between said. “If he doesn’t pay now, these guys will kill Jamal.” “Kill Jamal?!! He’s an NBA player. He gets paid as soon as the season starts. Give me the dude’s number.” The person with knowledge of the game said Goodwin called the man Crawford owed money, set up a payment plan and resolved the issue without incident.
Crawford began shuttling between Seattle and Los Angeles, spending fourth and fifth grade in Inglewood, California, and returning to Seattle until his eighth grade year. He didn’t want to leave his sisters and family again, but Venora Skinner insisted that her incorrigible son needed a male influence. “Not that I was in gangs, but I ran with some gangs,” he said. The difference? “The difference is the worst thing I probably ever did was shoot dice and skip school. I missed a lot of school.”
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“Man, you need to watch out for this kid,” Paul Pierce, two years older than Crawford, recalled the barber telling him. “He’s got some game.” So cocksure that he was going to make it, so completely clueless how far he had to go, Crawford began flapping his gums – even though he was academically ineligible and had yet to play a single high school game. “This is the Paul Pierce everyone is talking about?” Crawford brayed. “Man, he’s not that good.” Pierce shot him a death stare before lighting the young’un up. “You need to get back in school!” Pierce exclaimed. “What you doin’ ditchin’ school and hanging out here at the barbershop?”
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Early in his career, Crawford accumulated a six-figure gambling debt over two nights shooting craps, according to an account by The Undefeated’s Mike Wise. The guard was then forced to give up his Mercedes Benz S Class in order to help square up, Crawford said. “It was like air money. But it was money I was going to have to pay somehow eventually,” Crawford said. “It was just this feeling of, man, you think you made it and then you go back to your old ways and do something that completely undermines yourself. Honestly, everybody just wanted to be around Michael most of the time and he was doing his thing. I don’t hold anybody responsible but me.” The “Michael” Crawford is referring to is Michael Jordan.
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The Clippers, despite their cap restraints, managed to re-sign Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute while bringing in Bass and Felton, as well as Marreese Speights and Alan Anderson, the latter going undrafted in the same 2005 class as Paul, Felton and Bass. “I’m excited about it,” Paul said about the new additions. “We definitely signed some veterans, some seasoned NBA guys who’ve been through a lot of different situations.”