Jamal Crawford made a guest appearance on the Club Shay Shay podcast in which he, among several other topics, talked about his relationship with Michael Jordan. When Crawford got drafted to the NBA by the Chicago Bulls in 2000, he was immediately noticed by Jordan, who really liked how Crawford played the game. Crawford remembers Jordan personally invited him to train with him since he was also planning a comeback to the NBA, but this time with the Washington Wizards.
Jordan is seen as God by many, especially basketball fans, and Crawford believes this unbelievable aura around him was hard to comprehend. Even though players rarely talked trash to Jordan, he would always look to demolish them after saying something bad, which didn’t stop several of them who tried trash-talking Mike. Crawford remembers when one max-player started with his rant, and Mike responded in a typical Jordan fashion.
I remember one time he came out, and some dude was talking trash to him, and it was max contract player. Yea, Michael, I’m doing this; now, I’m getting my Ferraris. And Michael responded, well, I’m getting them for free just to drive them. And he had a yellow Jordan outfit, he had some yellow black Jordan’s that probably still ain’t out, and outside he had yellow Ferrari to match. His whole thinking was on another plato.Jamal Crawford, via Club Shay Shay
After getting to know Jordan more personally, something that struck Crawford is that he is pretty down-to-earth when you consider all the success he had in his life and now as a businessman. On top of that, when Jordan and Crawford played together on the same pick-up team, they never lost a single game in two years, which is a pretty remarkable feat.
He is a good southern brother. If you watched The Last Dance and saw his mom, that was intriguing to me, how he was raised. It’s really respectful, and he is just cool; he is really, really cool. We played together for two summers, and we never lost a game. I never lost playing with him. Two straight years and he was 40-years-old. We played against Penny, Ray Allen, Tim Hardaway, everybody who was coming through Chicago, we never lost.Jamal Crawford, via Club Shay Shay
There is a never-ending debate on who is the GOAT in the NBA, and for Crawford, there is no doubt it’s Jordan. Even though he respects other NBA greats, Jordan tops all of them when you consider the impact he had on basketball and sports in general. The combination of skill, mindset, style, swag, and constantly working hard to improve even though he achieved success sets him apart from everybody else.
Nobody will ever surpass him—the timing, the shoes, what he accomplished. I saw a stat yesterday that he never lost a championship, and I’m not talking about the Bulls. The Olympics, FIBA, national championship, any championship he ever played in he never lost. This dude was out of this world, and I don’t think we’ll ever see that. His competitiveness, his drive, his work ethic. He would just find a way to be Michael Jordan; he never let you down. He inspired everybody, in every walk of life.Jamal Crawford, via Club Shay Shay