DO YOU KNOW JAMAL CRAWFORD?
Here are five things you may or may not know about Clippers high-scoring sixth man Jamal Crawford:
1. Crawford grew up in Seattle, but actually lived in Los Angeles on two separate occasions as a child. He moved back to the Pacific Northwest for good midway through high school, eventually playing two seasons at Rainier Beach High and leading the Vikings to a state 3A championship as a senior alongside Nuggets guard Nate Robinson.
2. He is the first NBA player to wear a signature shoe for the company BrandBlack. Crawford was introduced as a “brand ambassador” for the upstart company on Nov. 12 at Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles.
3. It took just one season in L.A. for Crawford to reach several marks in the Clippers’ record books. Not only did he set the team’s single-season record for 3-pointers with 149, but he set a franchise record by making 58 consecutive free throws from Nov. 3-Dec. 9 and also converted an astounding five 4-point plays, adding to his already NBA record total. He added a sixth on Nov. 23 against the Kings, bringing his regular-season record total to 38.
4. Crawford is friends with Baltimore-based rapper Olubowale Akintimehin, aka Wale, who released his third studio album “The Gifted” in the summer of 2013. The two frequently tweet back and forth and Wale was in attendance for several past Clipper games as well as Crawford’s summer pro-am in Seattle. Some of Crawford’s favorite Wale tracks are “Chillin,” “Ambition,” “Lotus Flower Bomb,” “I’m On One (Freestyle)” and “Chun Li” from the Folarin mixtape.
5. He is deeply involved in the Seattle community, including being instrumental in the Seattle Basketball Pro Am each summer. This year’s event was arguably the most noteworthy yet. In addition to a number of Seattle-based players who regularly participate, Crawford was able to book NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin. The trio, along with Crawford, helped bring national attention to the two-month league.