After several months since he was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for scraps, Jordan Crawford still remains bitter about his time with the Washington Wizards. In a recent interview with Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Jordan Crawford spoke about having the pleasure to play for a storied franchise, such as the Boston Celtics. Crawford also spoke about his time in nation’s capital, but didn’t have many positive things to say. In fact, Crawford went out of his way to throw the Wizards organization under the bus, basically blaming them for his problems with the team. When he was asked to compare his time with the Celtics and stint with the Wizards, Crawford stated
They let everybody be themselves. Everybody a man over here. They treat you like a man and do things the right way, said Crawford, who scored 10 points in a Game 2 loss. I’m around better people. People that, when they see talent, they appreciate it and they try to work you in. They accept real people around here.
I honestly didn’t think I could possibly put Jordan Crawford in the same category as Andray Blatche or JaVale McGee, but his recent comments do not help him whatsoever. Stating that he’s “around better people” with the Celtics is completely absurd. The Wizards have some of the best character players and staff members in the NBA. When times got tough, and they often did, Martell Webster, Emeka Okafor, and even John Wall, were always there for Crawford. Randy Wittman and the rest of the coaching staff tried to make Crawford a part of the rotation, but it’s evident that Crawford didn’t make the most of his opportunity.
I put in the work. Nobody else doing what I’m doing. I could’ve won them more games and that’s what they wanted from me; I think they wanted me to be Superman a little bit. But if I put up a triple-double trying to get them a win and you come in and blame the whole game on me, you know what time it is. You see what it is.
Crawford doesn’t seem to understand the opportunity he was given by the Wizards organization. With an injury plagued roster, Crawford was given the keys to the club, but he failed to buy into the system. Washington is a defensive oriented team, but Crawford played just one side of the floor. He’s a capable facilitator, but his shooting/scoring mentality clouded his versatility. When John Wall and Bradley Beal returned to the lineup, the coaching staff wanted Crawford to play in his original role, as a scoring guard off the bench. With his inability to commit on the defensive side of the floor and his immaturity, Washington was forced to part ways with Crawford.
I find it mind boggling that Crawford doesn’t put any blame upon himself. His “me, me, me” attitude is the reason he has played for three different teams in just three seasons. If Crawford wants to remain relevant, he needs to start embracing his role in the NBA.
Crawford and the Celtics will try to avoid elimination tonight, as they meet the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.