Clippers guard Jamal Crawford joins Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports for his podcast “The Vertical” to talk about a number of interesting topics, including the guards’ interactions with Michael Jordan, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Jamal is known for having fascinating stories and this interview does not disappoint.
The full podcast can be found below, followed by a summary of the episode. Enjoy!
Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford joined Adrian Wojnarowski for an entertaining visit on The Vertical Podcast with Woj. Crawford talks about his incredible 17 year NBA journey, including stories that include Michael Jordan and Jay Z and Samuel L. Jackson. It’s an incredible visit for basketball junkies, truly a must-listen. Here are some key moments:
3:23: The make-or-break pressure the Clippers are facing this season.
5:43: Initially signing a letter of intent to play for Jerry Tarkanian.
8:47: Nearly entering the NBA draft out of high school before going to Michigan.
9:58: Growing up competing against older players.
11:50: Getting to know Michael Jordan, getting introduced to Jay-Z and racking up a high gambling debt.
15:44: Being one of four players to score more than 50 points for three different teams.
19:33: Crawford’s love of the game and reputation as a great teammate.
24:05: Deciding to play pick-up basketball year-round.
27:05: The craziest place Crawford played in a pick-up game.
30:10: Playing with teammates who don’t share his love for the game.
31:26: Kanye West being star struck by Eddy Curry.
33:23: Jerry Krause’s belief in Crawford and omission from the Hall of Fame.
37:37: Holding the all-time record for four-point plays.
39:14: Embracing a sixth-man role to play for better teams.
42:38: Memories of playing for the Knicks and serving as a mentor for Isaiah Thomas.
45:00: The close-knit group of players that have come out of Seattle.