Veteran NBA guard Jamal Crawford has recently recalled himself playing legendary Seattle Supersonics forward Detlef Schrempf one on one.
Crawford was a 16-year-old high schooler playing in an open gym when he used his crossover dribble to maneuver around Schrempf, LA Times reported.
“I did a move,” Crawford recalled, “and he just stopped and gave me a look like, ‘Hold on, that can’t be legal. That can’t be real, right?'”
It was as real as Crawford’s chance to pull even with Schrempf, the last player to win sixth man of the year in back-to-back seasons when he did it in 1990-91 and 1991-92 while playing for the Indiana Pacers.
Crawford, the reigning sixth man of the year, aims to become the first three-time sixth man of the year, having also won the award during the 2009-10 season with the Atlanta Hawks. Four players have won it twice: Crawford, Schrempf, Kevin McHale and Ricky Pierce.
Crawford would like to emulate Schrempf in another way: by becoming an All-Star. Schrempf was an All-Star 3 times during his 16-year career while Crawford, a 15-year veteran, is still seeking his first selection.
“It used to bother me earlier in my career,” Crawford said of being overlooked for the honor. “But then I realized my peers look at me at a pretty prestigious level and that made me feel good.”
Schrempf was primarily a starter in all three years he was an All-Star, though he did come off the bench in 22 games with the Pacers during the 1992-93 season.
“All-Star is the pinnacle, but they’re both prestigious,” Crawford said when asked to compare that award to winning sixth man of the year. “Honestly, I just want to win, like, period. Basketball first and then anything [else] that comes is just a blessing.”Follow @exnbadotcom
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