Friday, October 17th, 2008 at 11:30 am  |  34 responses

Jamal Crawford Will Battle the Ravenous NY Media … With His Blog

by Marcel Mutoni

A couple of days ago, the NY Post’s Marc Berman penned a blog post in which he discussed a contentious moment in the Knicks’ locker room between Stephon Marbury and a reporter.

According to Berman, Starbury told the scribe to get out of his way so he could get dressed, and his teammate Jamal Crawford made sure the rest of the media in the room saw the ensuing argument.

Not so, sayeth Jamal. Via his blog, The Crawford Files:

Problem is the story WASN’T TRUE!!!

So when I heard about this the next day, I went and told Steph about what Berman had wrote and told him that it wasn’t true. Steph wasn’t worried about it, but I didn’t want him to have to read something like that before I could talk to him. That’s how teams fall apart.

According to Crawford, Berman admitted that he didn’t actually see the exchange between Steph and the reporter, but only heard about it from others and decided to report it as fact anyway.

The Knicks may very well implode this season – be it due to Marbury’s unhappiness with lack of playing time, Eddy Curry’s weight issues, or Mike D’Antoni simply getting fed up with the whole circus – but Jamal Crawford will not allow lying reporters to do them in.

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  • jasondolemite

    Good for him. Crawford and Lee are the only bright spots on this team. They actually have enough talent in players and coaching to make the playoffs in the East. The reporters need to layoff and let them play, instead of acting like ravenous vultures waiting for their prey to die…

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    well Mike D loves circus’ so that wont be a prob, and did anyone really think things would stay calm with Marbury around? (lets drop the word star for a bit please)

  • http://ngunioamosotho.com Nguni

    f*cking NYC reporters!!!(not SLAM) good thing the internet is around. otherwise in the old school it wud have been the journalist’s last word, and we wudnt’ have known the truth of the matter.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Berman reported as fact a rumor he heard. He did this without bothering to check with the player who was supposed to be involved.
    Man, I question everything I read on the sports pages. Everything.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I do the same thing with ravenous slamonline commentors. Peep the new site on my name people.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Anyone who relies on the New York Post for their Knicks coverage has problems.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    And B. Long, your link is sufficient. Please don’t blatantly self-promote every time you post.

  • jasondolemite

    B. Long, great site! How do you get interviews with the players? I like your profile, especially the part about leaving Texas…

  • riggs

    berman should get fined.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Berman’s entire raison d’etre is to be The Voice Of Marbury in the media. Every single one of his “news” stories has to do with Steph. And that’s fine, I guess, if that’s what his editors want. Personally I think it does a disservice to the fans AND the team.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Jamal Crawford is here to restore your sanity. How far we’ve come.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Russ, I don’t have a problem with Berman getting Steph’s side of things in the paper. Most New York writers appear to have made their minds up about Steph one way or another. Somebody needs to write from a perspective different than “Steph is a team cancer and a crazy Christian.” That gets old.
    My problem is he reported an event that he did not witness without even bothering to speak to Crawford, knowing that the event would paint Crawford in a bad light. That’s shady. Plus, he did all this reporting based on an anonymous source. That’s the problem I have with it. Not that Berman is Steph’s “voice” in the media.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Mo Charlo, Jamal is crazy as far as his shot selection, but he’s always had a reputation for being a stand-up, respectful cat who doesn’t mind talking to the media.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    It all speaks to credibility.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    I agree Russ.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Sorry Russ. Last time, promise.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    That’s so true, Allenp on and off-court sanity are two different animals. Ron Ron is very fundamentally sound for example.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    you’re right Allen. And Russ. I’ve been a Jamal fan since he was at Michigan, I have unfortunately not had a chance to watch too much Knicks, since they’re never on tv.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    “Problem is the story WASN’T TRUE!!!”

  • http://www.lifehoopsthoughts.blogspot.com the baconator

    @Mo: Move to NY and you’ll get every game on MSG, like I do. NY is pretty rough to its players, especially last season. J Creezy should just say f*ck the haters and keep doing his thing. Either that, or get lessons from Gil on how to fight back, cuz if he’s gonna do this he might as well learn from the best

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  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Not true. Howard Beck (New York Times) is one of the best beatwriters in the country, as far as I’m concerned.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    NY Times>Ny Post?

  • riggs

    by 1000 BET

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    BET and riggs: Boston Globe>>>>>>>Anything.

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    Charlotte Observer>=most things

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Thank you Crawford. And yeah Mo, in New York they have every Knicks game on the MSG network.

  • KA

    f*ck the NY media…oh wait, SLAM is NY based amirite?


    Sewer rat > BETCATS

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    The Animal!

  • chintao

    Calcified dog turd > just about anything from Boston. Also, if Berman is in Marbury’s pocket, a conspiracy theorist might conjecture that Marbury set this whole thing up to create a wedge that would result in Crawford’s popularity being undermined.

  • clos1881

    i dont understand why everybody hates steph dude does alot of good like when he took david lee and nate robinson and brought them suits or the starbury shoes they didnt last but its good for those who couldnt afford more exspensive shoes and when he got selected for the all star game when had a vaction planned and gave away the tickets to a fan at the game ect ect

  • chintao

    ^Steph’s talented and generous, but he has completely lost his mentals. He will always be one of my favorite players, but it is impossible to put anything past him at this point. In further support of the conspiracy theory advanced by me yesterday, Russ reports that Berman has taken another shot at Jamal Crawford: http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/10/jamal-crawford-will-battle-the-ravenous-ny-media-with-his-blog/#comments

  • chintao

    Sorry. Wrong link. The link is here: http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/10/chris-duhon-captain/. Scroll down to find Russ’s comment.