Thought this profile of Jamal Crawford was pretty cool. Makes me wish he would've been able to play longer at UofM. He was (and is) an incredible talent, and it would've been interesting to see what he could've done for the program.
Seattle Times profile of Jamal Crawford
He's a great talent, but is a big ball hog and doesn't play defense. He was my most frustrating player for me to watch because I see him take uncontested jumpers when there's guys wide open for an easy basket.
It talks about how he hates the "ball hog" label. Plus, at least during his time at Michigan, I think I may have preferred a contested Crawford jumpshot to most alternatives.
I remember that Georgia Tech game early in the season where Crawford, Blanchard, and Groninger all played great. My hopes were so high. Then Crawford got suspended, teams figured out that Groninger couldn't dribble, and you could just double-team Blanchard to effectively shut down the M offense.
but I wasn't a big fan of Crawford. The fact that ball hog label is very much deserved. In some of the losses, he shot his way out of the win.
I see where you're coming from. Being a "scorer" doesn't mean you have an excuse to take bad shots. He's fun to watch, though.
is an outdated narrative. In the last 5 or so seasons he's settled nicely into his role as a primary scorer on the second unit. If you watch him with the Clippers now he plays within the confines of the offense.
I'm talking about him as a player when he played for Michigan which he is a ball hog
It's amazing to think how he overcame his family issues, survived a year being coached by Brian Ellerbe, got screwed by the NCAA, overcame a torn ACL and still had a successful NBA career. It speaks volumes about his drive and talent.
Always one of my favorite players. So much to overcome but still grounded after all these years. Watching him on the court was pretty amazing. At times he'd be launching shots just passed midcourt knowing they were going in. It wasn't just someone jacking up shots and hoping they'd go in, it was a player that knew he could make the shot whenever he wanted to.
As for the whole selfish-thing, I guess I can understand people saying that. But watching him in college you realized that Jamal would make these incredible passes that the majority of his teammates at Michigan either couldn't handle or weren't ready for. So after a while you could kinda' sense Jamal maybe thinking, "why pass when I can score".
Glad to see he has become such a great person and "giver" to both his community and those less fortunate.
Don't let the revisionist folks tell you otherwise-the headbanded frenzy that was Crisler during the meteoric flash of Jamal Crawford's Michigan career was as good as it gets. Yes, an Ellerbe team was exciting. And fun. And then it was over.
I thought the Duke game in 1999 was a sign of things to come. Reminded me just a bit of the Fab Five's first game against Duke. If that team could've played the whole season together, an NCAA tournament berth would've been within reach.
I was going to comment on that Duke game. I thought UM bball was on the way back after that great game. Didn't they hang like 95 points on them? Of course, they gave up more but that was a highly entertaining game.
I think this game was tight until the last couple of minutes. It was our first L of the season. I looked at the boxscore (http://statsheet.com/mcb/games/1999/12/11/duke-104-michigan-97). Depth was not something we had, so we would've needed everyone healthy to make a run at the tournament.
Agree - the half-season that he played here was genuinely exciting. We may have been headed for a downfall anyway because we didn't play much D, but we could light up the scoreboard. I remember when the whole team wore headbands against MSU to honor him during his suspension. But then everything went to hell.
This guy only played at Michigan for like two weeks.
"And the four-point play should be renamed The Jamal; 37 times he has made a three-pointer while being fouled and sank the ensuing free throw, by far the most four-point plays in league history."
I had to chuckle at that, but yeah, he did have this down to a science.
Great article, and it is nice to see that level of community involvement and wanting to give back from someone, and it seems like Jamal is giving time to Seattle even when he is nowhere near home. I also thought this was a great statement:
“At any point, you can change a life by sparing just one moment of your time,” Crawford says. “That’s the best part about being in the NBA.”
Thanks for sharing this, OP.
That HS photo of him playing a team in Michiganesque uniforms made me do a double-take. We need to bring back the Fab Five uniforms.