HoopsHype Jamal Crawford rumors


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The Clippers could consider sending Griffin and Jared Dudley or Griffin and Matt Barnes to Miami to get James. The Clippers wouldn’t mind trading DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford and either Barnes or Dudley to the Heat for James, but the team knows that would most likely be hard to do. Los Angeles Times

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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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