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Former Wizard Jordan Crawford tells reporters he doesn’t recall playing for Washington

Apr 6, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

Jordan Crawford, Iman Shumpert AP

Jordan Crawford is playing for his third team in his third NBA season, after the Wizards dealt him to Boston at the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

Crawford flourished when he was given the minutes in Washington, but fell out of favor in the rotation once John Wall returned from injury and rookie Bradley Beal was more enticing to upper management.

As the Celtics practiced on Saturday in advance of playing the Wizards on Sunday, Crawford was asked about facing his former team, and the topic wasn’t one he was interestd in discussing.

From Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe:

Jordan Crawford will face his former team, the Washington Wizards, on Sunday at TD Garden.

“Who?” Crawford asked before practice Saturday when the issue was broached.

Washington, he was told. You’ll be playing Washington. Your old team.

“I don’t recall playing for Washington,” Crawford responded — and he used this line twice.

Apparently, the exchange was even worse in person.

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, this nonsense from Crawford lasted “two and a half uncomfortable minutes.”

There are much better ways to handle basic questions from the media, of course, and anytime you hear about something like this, it’s worth remembering that these guys are still growing into young men, despite the fame and fortune they’ve achieved at such an early age.

The way Crawford finally responded would have been the way to go from the very start.

“It’s just another game,” he said. “I want to come out, try to win the game.”

  1. kdn4 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Brett, he was drafted by Washington and played in Washington until he was traded.

    • iritian - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:43 AM

      He was drafted by the Nets, then traded to the Hawks (where he played 16 games) and was traded to the Wizards midseason. You should really check your facts before you comment.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      How stupid can you be? Take two seconds to check basketball-reference or ESPN before you comment on an article.

  2. 00maltliquor - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I’m cool with this. Better then the estupid, cliche lines we’re fed time after time after time after time after time after…you get it. So he wasn’t outright about it, but we get the message.

    What I don’t understandis the hostility towards the organization that actually gave him a frakin’ chance. ATL did absolutly NOTHING with him. Spoiled, ungreatful, entitled brat is what would come to mind, but then again I need to reserve judgement before I know the whole story as to why he was so discontent with the ballclub that made a name out of this one time scrub.

    • dangernearing - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Just chalk this up to old white guy syndrome

      • patfic15 - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Yes. Because only old whites guys make valid points. Child please.

      • dangernearing - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        More like ruin the world, but whatever

  3. thesportsguy52 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Anyone who’s not an idiot names sully from Boston would have an issue with this. It’s a slap in the face to any fan base and what’s more it has zero credibility because he got substantial minutes in DC and wasn’t a leader. What a punk.

  4. fearthehoody - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    They still have sports teams in DC?

  5. charlutes - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    You criticize his maturity like he owes you something because you work in the media when really you should thank him for giving you a line to write a story around. Keep biting the hand that feeds you I guess.

  6. thenew013 - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    in the nfl u got ross talking down on jax and then on the nba side u have this with the wizards. idk if its sore loserness or rich uppidyness but some folks just cant handle a million dollars and a microphone. how can u be sour with an organization that pays u a lifetime of earnings in one year to play a game. man these guys dont realize how good they have it.

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