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Day 5: Sights and Sounds of Vegas Summer League — Jordan Crawford Edition

Updated: July 15, 2015

(Former member of 'The New Big 3" Jordan Crawford enters the arena. Photo - A. Rubin)

[Former member of ‘The New Big 3″ Jordan Crawford enters the arena. Photo – A. Rubin]

Washington’s game three matchup versus Jordan Crawford and the Dallas Mavericks had the potential for fireworks with Crawford matching up against Kelly Oubre, the Wizards talented but raw rookie.

For his part, Jordan dismissed any notion that he would be going for blood against his former team. On Saturday, Crawford told me he did not even know that Washington was on Dallas’ schedule, and shortly before tip-off he laughed off the idea of gunning for the NBA Summer League single-game scoring record.

Once the ball was tipped, Crawford definitely looked like he had an extra spring in his step. But in the first 2:48 of the game, he put up three total shots, air-balling a 3-pointer and committing an offensive foul on a pull-up jumper. Something tells me that if Crawford had hit his initial 3-pointer the outcome of the game would have been much different. But it wasn’t to be. Crawford finished the game 3-for-13 from the field and 0-for-7 from long range. It was Kelly Oubre’s day to shine and to the victor goes the post-game interview.

As always, for in-depth coverage of the Wizards’ performance, check out TAI’s Rapid Reax for Game 3. For an interesting conversation with Jordan Crawford, see below. After the game I talked with Crawford (and was later joined by the Washington Post’s Michael Lee), and The former Wizard shared his thoughts on a variety of topics, including Kelly Oubre’s prospects, life in China, and the NBA grind.

Adam Rubin: You said you weren’t going to have any extra motivation against Washington. It looked like you were going pretty hard at the end trying to get the comeback.

Jordan Crawford: Yeah. It was a competitive spirit, as always. But it’s just another game, young guys getting more of a feel, I am getting more of a feel.

AR: You came out firing pretty early.

JC: Yeah.

AR: More so than you were doing in the previous games.

JC: Yeah, I definitely wanted to get a couple shots, see how my shot was going. I’ve really been putting my shots to the side and making sure Justin [Anderson], Dwight [Powell] and everybody get going. So, I wanted to come out and shoot a little more today.

AR: Were you also trying to go at Kelly Oubre a little bit. Whenever you got a rookie down there you want to show him something.

JC: Yeah, but he alright. He can play. He was a great pick for the Wizards. I think he’ll see some minutes coming his way his rookie year.

AR: How did you like his defense. He’ll have to get his minutes through defense. Was he alright covering you?

JC: Yeah, he told me to keep going at him, so you can tell he is a competitor and wants to play and get better, and that’s always good.

Michael Lee: What was it like in China?

JC: The basketball was fun. I went with the team that had the most money, so I suffered some with my lifestyle, couldn’t really go outside or do nothing … that kind of was a different experience for me, but everything was a great experience, a learning experience.

ML: There was a cultural adjustment?

JC: Where I was at, I was near Russia. I was in northern China, old China. So it was real, like, they see us and they ain’t ever seen us so their eyes are wide open. So it was a different experience. It was fun. To be able to go there, all the Chinese players and coaches ask you questions, they really look up to us, so it is important to kind of give them the knowledge I knew.

AR: Did you talk to any other NBA players that had gone over there before you left?

JC: No. Not really.

ML: You played with ‘Dray [Blatche], right?

JC: Yeah.

ML: What was it like being back with him?

JC: It was cool. He was kind of doing the same thing, wanting to get better. He really did a great job out there. He embraced it well and they really look up to him.

ML: How much do you want to be back in this league.

JC: Of course, I want to be back in the NBA. I felt on the court I did a lot to prove myself that I should be there. Off the court I could have got better. I could have been a little more patient in D.C., things like that. You always want to be with the best players.

ML: Talk about the challenge of knowing you have to go this route now.

JC:  It’s a good experience. I’ve always been the type to fight for it, put it in God’s hands and just roll with the punches.

ML: I saw you wrapping with Wall at the end.

JC: I see him all the time. I see Beal, talk to him all the time. We are always talking and keeping up, I’m always watching.

M: What did you think of the Finals. The Warriors were your former team.

JC: Steve Kerr did a great job making sure everybody feels a part of it […] and Draymond carried them with the toughness. Everybody played to the best of their abilities and it really helped.

AR: What do you think of all this free agency money that’s being thrown around?

JC: What do I think about it? I want to get my hands on some. I mean, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Adam grew up in the D.C. area and has been a Washington Bullets fan for over 25 years. He will not refer to the franchise as anything other than the Bullets unless required to do so by Truth About It editorial standards. Adam spent many nights at the Capital Centre in the ‘90s where he witnessed such things as Michael Jordan’s “LaBradford Smith game,” the inexcusable under-usage of Gheorghe Muresan’s unstoppable post moves, and the basketball stylings of Ledell Eackles.