HoopsHype Jamal Crawford rumors

August 8, 2013 Updates

Since Kevin Durant’s departure five years ago, Seattle basketball fans have dreamed about the return of the one-time Sonics rookie phenom. Perhaps sooner than expected, he’ll play in the city where he got his NBA start. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and Jeff Green, who starred with Durant during their one season in Seattle, are expected to be the headliners this weekend at the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am. Seattle Times

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Suffice it to say the mayor got schooled, but earned plenty of admiration with a stellar offensive move in the charity all-star game hosted Sunday by Seattle NBA star Jamal Crawford's basketball Pro-Am. The annual summer league brings together the best players from around the city and country, featuring current and former NBA, international, minor league, and collegiate players. The video on YouTube shows McGinn getting left in the dust by a vicious crossover move from Tyreke Evans of the New Orleans Pelicans that had him flailing at air. But McGinn more than redeems himself immediately after with a full court dribble followed by a beautiful no-look pass to a streaking teammate, who converts the layup and draws a wild cheer from the crowd at Seattle Pacific University. MyNorthwest.com

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Even in this vibrant basketball community, the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am is a secret treasure. It was born that way. Long before Crawford attached his name and resources to it, Doug Christie created the league in 1996 and billed it the “All Hoop, No Hype” league. It isn’t about publicity. It’s about competition. It’s about the best players from the city at almost every level — high school, college and pro — helping each other grow and continuing Seattle’s hoops tradition. You don’t go to this Pro-Am to stalk stars. You go to watch serious summer basketball that happens to include big names. It’s an important distinction, and that’s why the league is usually discussed through social media, word of mouth or email chains instead of the mass media. “I want it to be like the old ‘MTV Unplugged,’ where you’re at a small venue, and there’s an intimate feel, and everybody is really involved in creating the atmosphere,” Crawford said. Seattle Times

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Players were following the on-again, off-again negotiations with Boston for Rivers, reading that he was in the mix for the job along with candidates such as Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw. Now that it's settled, and Rivers will get a three-year deal worth $21 million to coach the team -- with the Clippers giving up an unprotected 2015 first-round pick so that Boston would let Rivers out of his contract - the team can move forward. "I think the Clippers organization is showing that they'll do whatever they think needs to be done to put us in a position to compete for a championship," Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said in a text message to USA TODAY Sports. "Obviously, Doc is one of the top coaches in the league and has championship pedigree. This should be fun!" USA Today Sports

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Jamal Crawford: Special, s/o to one of the best to ever do it @realgranthill33 . A lot of times on the plane I couldn't even believe i sat next to him. He will go down as an all time great. But he's an even better person then he ever was basketball player.. #fact #rolemodel Twitter @JCrossover

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Jamal Crawford took the news that New York's J.R. Smith was named the winner of the NBA's Sixth Man award Monday in stride, with Smith's groundswell coming from a late-season push from the East Coast. "Congrats to J.R. He had a heck of a season as well," Crawford said, adding that he texted his best wishes to Smith. "There are definitely guys who are deserving. Jarrett Jack had a great season, Kevin Martin had a great season, J.R., myself as well, so salute to all those guys. "I can't say I was shocked because I saw where it was going over the last couple weeks, I guess. I look at a whole season from start to finish, but I saw what people started kind of started going with toward the end." Los Angeles Daily News

Crawford thought he would be named to his first All-Star Game three months ago and was genuinely surprised and upset when he was overlooked. That's partly why he simply shrugged his shoulder when he found out Monday morning that New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith had been named the league's top sixth man. Crawford finished second. "That's twice in the season," Crawford said. "It's not about what I feel, honestly, because I learned with the All-Star Game that you can only control what you can control. Whenever it's up to the coaches or media or whatever, you expect the unexpected." ESPN.com

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