HoopsHype Jamal Crawford rumors

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To think Crawford could have messed it all up long before he played just one year of college ball, long before he became a pro. Crawford remembers hanging with a sketchy crowd as early as 11 years old in Seattle. At the behest of his mother, he moved to South Central Los Angeles to live with his father, where he was hassled by local gangs, ahead of moving back to play ball at Rainier Beach High in Seattle. “Yeah, I mean, gangs are basically everywhere,” Crawford said. “And you’re around them in some way, shape or form whether you’re trying to be or not trying to be.” From the sound of it, Crawford kind of wanted to be with them when he was in Seattle prior to his move to L.A. “I’ve had so many different interactions with them,” Crawford said. “It wasn’t just in L.A. It was in Seattle, too. That’s why I went to L.A. because I was with the wrong crowd. I was coming home at 12 o’clock at night, at 11 years old, you know what I mean?” Los Angeles Daily News

Crawford made it clear he was never initiated into a gang. “No, no, no, I was never in a gang, not at all,” he said. “I’ve always known people that are in gangs, but I was never in a gang myself.” Still, if he didn’t alter his ways, he never would have been able to play basketball for Rainier Beach after moving back to Seattle. Once he became academically eligible, he led the Vikings to a state title in 1998. “What I didn’t understand then,” Crawford said of his days at Dorsey, “I understood later on that I would have to really buckle down and focus more on school and basketball than anything else. Like, before I had a girlfriend or kids or friends, I had my basketball. “My love for basketball was deeper than anything else, and I just had to figure out the best route.” Los Angeles Daily News

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The NBA decided to take a week off from the awards circuit in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is scheduled to receive his Sixth Man Award next week, and Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams will be named Rookie of the Year, according to ESPN and multiple reports. ESPN.com

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The Clippers arrived at Oracle Arena on Sunday without any protest planned, a source said. But just before they ran onto the floor for Game 4, sources say forward Matt Barnes and guard Jamal Crawford convinced teammates to wear their shooting shirts that said "Clippers" on the front inside-out during warm-ups. The Clippers took off their warm-up jackets and tossed them on to the floor at midcourt. The Clippers players also wore black wristbands, tape and socks. Yahoo! Sports

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As the Clippers players took the court before Sunday's game, they all tossed their warm-up jackets with the Clippers name on the front to midcourt and then warmed up with their shooting shirts inside out. Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford convinced their teammates to do the protest before they ran onto the floor for pregame warm-ups, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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In this regular season where his production has jumped from 18.0 points and 8.3 rebounds a game last season to 24.1 and 9.5, he was better than ever during that stretch: 27.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game with the offense often running through him. "Blake was always like the little brother (to Paul)," Crawford said. "And when the big brother is down, the little brother has to step up. And me and Blake looked at each other, because he was like, 'Now we've got to be more aggressive. We've got to go.' He led with his voice. He led by example. He led us every single night when Chris went out. "This guy just wants to be great. He really does. I've said it before — (Kevin) Durant (of the Oklahoma City Thunder) will probably win MVP this year, but with those guys being the same age I could see them going back and forth for years to come. ... Blake's one of the special talents in the world." USA Today Sports

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At 16 he was averaging 25 points a game against professional and college players in Doug Christie's summer league. By the time his high school season started, word had spread that there was a phenom at Rainier Beach High. SuperSonics stars Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp were regulars at his games. "He changed the face of high school basketball in the state of Washington," Bethea said. "There was just something special about Jamal when he was playing. Wherever he played, the gyms were packed. Everybody heard about him and wanted to come out and watch. "There's not a kid who comes through Seattle now who doesn't try and have a little of Jamal's flair in their game." ESPN.com

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