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DeAndre Jordan walked onto the court, looked over to the well-covered Rivers and said, “Oh, we waitin’ on Barack.” Jordan explained later that Jamal Crawford hung the nickname on him in preseason. “Doc gave us a long talk before training camp,” DeAndre recalled, “and Jamal said, ‘The only man who can give a speech like that is in the White House.’ It was Barack after that.” Boston Herald

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Jared Dudley: Shout out to @Jamal Crawford man that n______ nice!!! (Kanye west voice) Gutsy win tonight.. No CP No JJ, but guys stuck together and got the W Twitter @JaredDudley619

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Crawford says he doesn’t feel like a 14-year veteran in the twilight of his career. He enters this season feeling healthier than he has in his career. He doesn’t smoke. He doesn’t drink. Candy is his only vice. Throughout his home, you can find the evidence — in a drawer downstairs, in his gym bag, everywhere. As a player, he is sensitive to two criticisms: that he’s a poor defender (he’ll admit he can improve his defensive intensity), and that he’s selfish. He can’t stand the selfish label. “It’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to me,” Crawford said. “If you know me, then you know I’m a people pleaser. Early in my career, when someone would say I was selfish, I wouldn’t shoot the next game. It would get in my head.” Seattle Times

Ask NBA legend Isiah Thomas, who signed Crawford as a free agent in 2004 and later coached him with the New York Knicks, if there has ever been a ballhandler this good at 6 feet 5. Thomas laughs. “No,” he says quickly. “You’ve seen people who have street game, so to speak. But they can’t bring that game into an NBA game. Jamal can do anything against real, live NBA players in front of 20,000 fans.” Crawford and King led Rainier Beach to its first state title of the Bethea era. Bethea has six now, the most in state history. “Jamal opened the floodgates for Rainier Beach,” Bethea said. Seattle Times

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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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