Over at Bleacher Report, I profiled the ever-exciting Jamal Crawford. How will we remember him? And what is it that has made him such a popular, yet polarizing character throughout his career? Click here to read the full article. Here is an excerpt:
Constant chucking, showy crossovers, more shiftiness than an all-caps keyboard and general flash would lead you to believe Crawford acts that way in everyday life. But it isn’t so, and anyone in basketball will tell you the reigning Sixth Man of the Year is one of the calmest and nicest guys in the league.
Want to break the ice with the man who goes by J-Crossover? Just bring up Seattle hoops, and he’ll carry on with you about his hometown’s streetball scene.
The state of Washington tends to produce the basketball mold Crawford fits: confident gunner. Guys like Nate Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, Jason Terry and Aaron Brooks all became shoot-first, instant offense guards in their careers. And Crawford is surely that, though he hasn’t always been categorized in such a fashion.
In actuality, Crawford hasn’t changed all that much over 14 years. Perception, though, has turned over time and time again.