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— Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) February 17, 2013
So what gives? The question was posed to Wizards coach Randy Wittman before his team was set to face the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. What’s your read on Crawford’s mental state with him going from the team’s scoring crutch to bench-warmer, coach?
“That is always subject to change, and that’s the main thing about it. We got into playing a good style, a good way, and I’ve gone with that. But that doesn’t mean anything to any of those guys that are in and out of the lineup. We talked about Chris [Singleton] and he being ready and working, and that’s the main thing I always want to see in situations like that, ‘Are you going to dive in and work your way out of it, continue to work hard so when it’s time to come back on the floor, you’re ready?’ And that, as a coach, is what you’re looking for. You’re looking for those qualities in a player: How does he handle a tough situation? And that’s what I’m looking for.”
Crawford appeared to arrive at the Verizon Center around when I did, 5:15 pm or so, which seems a bit tardy for a player with a 7 pm tip-off. Or at least he was sliding around a corner in street clothes at that time. Later, immediately after Wittman’s pre-game session with media, which always runs from about 5:35 to 5:45 pm, Crawford was one of the few Wizards in the locker room—getting dressed, headphones on, loudly reciting rap lyrics, a sleepy look in his eye, and in his own little world.
With the game underway, Crawford symbolically took a seat in the very last chair on the bench, as far away from the coach as possible while still being ‘there’. His full warm-ups on, towel around his shoulders, and sporting the Jordan 11 Cool Greys, Crawford casually divides his attention between the course of play and whatever else might be going on in the arena that’s not on the hardwood.
Will Crawford be ready if the coach calls his name? Will the coach even call his name? Well, evidently that’s subject to change.