Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  106 responses

Jordan Crawford: ‘I Can Be Better Than Michael Jordan’

Up until now, Jordan Crawford’s biggest accomplishment had been dunking on LeBron James during an offseason run (the infamous dunk footage that Nike tried to confiscate in 2009.) He’s now talking about one day being better at basketball than Michael Jordan. The Wizards may not be a very good team right now, but they do set some awfully big goals for themselves. Per the WaPo: “On the bio section of his Twitter account, @jcraw55, Jordan Crawford mentions a very audacious ambition: ‘On A Mission to become the GREATEST!!!!!! WHY NOT?’ Get out of the way, Dwyane. I want to be the best. (Nick Wass – AP) Seems like an decent motivational tool. Dream big, achieve big. When asked to elaborate on that statement last month at the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas, Crawford explained how he believes Jordan will go down as the greatest to play the game — just not the Jordan you would expect. ‘I don’t tell nobody, but I feel like I can be better than Michael Jordan,’ Crawford said, without the slightest hint of sarcasm. ‘When I’m done playing, I don’t want people to say, Michael Jordan is the best player. I want that to be me. That’s how I am. That’s how I was built.’ Um, what? You realize people will look at you sideways and think you’re crazy for saying that, right? ‘Yeah, I know that, I definitely know that. But I’m not settling for anything less,’ Crawford said. ‘I feel like I’m better than him, anyway. My mom is going to say I’m better than him.’”

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  • axel


  • JR

    That’s cute.

  • Playa

    It’s kinda sad actually…

  • ramo

    i don`t think he`s crazy,i mean who doesn`t wanna be greatest ever,i think every player in the legue dreams about that.now question is can he be greatest ever?my answer is no.

  • Sam

    Sorry your mom can make you feel good all you want about other things but she’ll still say Michael Jordan is better than Jordan Crawford

  • Playa

    Everyone wants to be the greatest but he actually “feels” he’s better than the G.O.A.T… That’s sad… Very sad…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Me too Jordan, me too.

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    Hey if you reach for the moon , even if you miss you will be around the stars ( or how ever that saying goes).

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    Had Kobe Bryant said this in his 2nd or 3rd season, ppl would of laughed at him too! I like Crawford’s heart and mindset. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.

  • Rasheed

    Good for him. He’s dreaming big and that’s the first step to being successful. Go Wiz

  • hahadd

    KHoliday…..maybe you didnt see mike play.

    Playaposted….agreed very sad.

  • jake

    Someone get my glasses, did I read that right?Mj should fly to DC and slap him for being disrespectful. Better than Mj?Ha! Make an allstar team first youngster.

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    And I mean who didn’t know that this kid had super confidence .I mean this is the same kid who tried ( and succeeded) at dunking on two time MVP Lebron James ,as a college sophomore , at Lebron’s own freaking basketball camp! It takes an insane amount of confidence to pull off someething like that.

  • Ugo

    So Crawford wants to be the best player ever and John Wall wants to be the best PG ever #ambition.

  • http://justinmaller.com Justin

    Wait, better than MJ at what? Billiards? Possible I guess…

  • robb

    Don’t stop there Jordan, you can also be better than Magic, Larry and Dr. J. Wait, you’re talking about NBA 2k12′s challenge right?

  • tjc

    Um Crawford thats good that you have confidence and a drive to become the best player in the league today and want to work as hard as the G.O.A.T and try to acheive what no one today has even come close to taking micheal jordan throne as the greatest of all time im all for that go for it i have nothing against that BUT what i am wondering is can you handle the the situation you put yourself in by making these statements public i think that was a huge mistake becuse everything you do from here on out is going to be critically compared to MIKE JORDAN #23 who has 6 MVPS, 6 CHAMPIONCHIPS and the only man to win the mvp and defensive player award in the same year Crawford listen im not sayin you dont have a chance because anything is possible but anything you do from here on out if its not better than what mike did or at least on the same level your not going to get no credit for it no matter how good it is you made ppl view you different now nothing average or good is expected from you now only legendary or else its a joke good luck bro your gonna need it.


    hes talking about golf or baseball!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Imagine if he’s talking about his myplayer

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    THATS WHAT I LOVE TO HEAR. I REALLY LIKE THIS KID!!!!!…so much confidence. You can tell on the court that he really feels like he can hang with anyone. John Wall better get used to sharing the rock out of that back court. Jordan’s a much more poised ball handler, much more skilled in my honest opinion, MUCH MUCH better scorer. In the half court scenario I’m taking Jordan over Wall. I’m gonna call it already, he’s gonna be my favorite player this season

  • Andy

    Im a LeBron fan and Kobe is the closest thing we have to MJ.. And i’d imagine most of us would still be laughing at Kobe if he said that. I know I would. And Jordan Crawford saying it? After a overhyped (Nike’s fault) dunk on LeBron? That’s priceless lol. End the lockout – players are going crazy!

  • http://slamonline.com YoLu

    Damn! Could’ve had a dynasty in Atlanta; CP3 (the next Zeke) and Jordan Crawford (the next MJ). Instead we’re stuck with Marvin and old Kirk Hinrich.

  • AD

    all it takes is hard word.. ppl seem to think that jordan had magical powers or sumthn. its easier said than done but it can happen… i hope he does pull become better even tho it looks crazy right now tho..

  • tjc

    All these ppl wishing to be the best player in the leauge today is a joke you can tell all there after is fame if they werent they would realize that being the best player in the league means nothing if you dont win look at kobe, lebron, dwade melo, durant, all considered the best players yet they all failed in the playoffs the only thing that should be on any real player mind is winning Period just because your the best player in the league dosent mean your going to win its just your chances are a LITTLE greater POINT BLANK ID RATHER BE A WINNER HOLDING A CHIP AT THE END OF THE YEAR THAN TO FAIL LIKE KOBE, LEBRON, WADE, DURRANT, MELO, AND BE CALLED THE BEST PLAYER

  • http://justinmaller.com Justin

    I dunno man, Jordan’s pretty good at golf… it’d take a lot of work…

  • NJ4Life

    Jordan Crawford just committed career suicide.

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    Why Not?

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  • SwissArmyKnife5

    I don’t think he should have said it out loud, but thats him.You have to believe in yourself to make it at that level. Bottom line dude is getting paid to hoop, he can say what he wants to say.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    That’s the spirit! Co-sign The Black Rick Kamla, I’ll be rooting for kid.

  • Enrique de Anda

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! My side hurts! LOL!!!!

  • Weezie

    JCraw!WOW!Now that takes B****, but ya’ gotta love somebody with that much heart! You Go Baby & keep on reppin’, but you better be ready once the Lockout is over to back your S*** up!

  • trill og

    If he talking bout the early MJ who only cared about scoring then he’s on his way. Has anyone seen Jordan Crawford play, he’d rather be shot then pass a basketball

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    Yay Wizards!

  • EtheKnickfan

    Kid may need his prescription filled. However, you guys don’t really think MJ is going to be considered GOAT forever do you? 30 years from now you will be old geezers tryin to explain MJ and some kid will look at you like I looked at my dad when he mentioned Mr Clutch. (the logo)

  • MIGZ

    I like that Crawford!
    i think most elite NBA players are better than jordan in certain terms there so much competetion that if jordan was in the league now in his prime they would be at the same speed if not faster, players now a days are some much faster and stronger then back then they couldnt keep up with jordan…. but CRAWFORD has alot more to gain then just winning the 6 man award he and players like j.r smith need to step up this season and how about starting because the people your coming off the bench for shouldnt be starting over you
    and Crawford should run the point instead of being a two in ATL

  • Mr.C

    wth yea right this guy must b on crack !!!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    @tjc; if you read the whole article he said the first thing he wants to do is win. That by being a great winner he’ll surpass Mike. I like JCs confidence, I hope the Wizards put their faith in him to play with Wall this season. He dropped 39 in his rookie year, which is a nice accomplishment. He’s older than I thought he was though, which could hurt his chances of being a great player (I’ll leave the GOAT part alone).

  • JEr dawg

    He is going to better than Michael Jordan…in 2K12. He’s isn’t going to do it when Wiz invested in John Wall.


    I mean, he can be better than MJ…the only stipulation is, HE’S GONNA HAVE TO BE SLEEP TO DO IT, IN ORDER TO HAVE THAT DREAM!!!…#Dreamchaser

  • Sean B

    ^^^ Horrible compairson. Jerry West isn’t the cultural icon that Michael Jordan has grown into. Jordan will still be relevant 30 years from now due to his brand. No one outside of basketball fans is even aware of who Jerry West is.

  • ATLFan

    @MIGZ LMAO We are talking about Jordan Crawford not Jamal Crawford.

    Anyways As a Hawks fan I always liked Jordan Crawford, I was hoping he would one day replace Joe Johnson, but NOOO, the retarded ASG gave Joe Johnson that BIG contract,SMH. Jordan Crawford is a special player that never got any playing time in Atlanta I was sad when he got traded to the Wizards but at least now he’s getting some playing time. Anyways NO WAY IN HELL he’ll be better than Jordan.

  • ATLFan

    But I like the way he thinks…

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I’ll be rooting for the kid, he’s got game. Will he become a better player than MJ? Probably not, but who cares? Whatever it takes to motivate yourself to reach your goals. How is it sad to say you want to be or you think you’re the best ever at your occupation? It amazes me how some of yall get so up in arms at the sheer mention of the possibly that someone may, at some point in the near or distant future, be better than Michael Jordan. Stop being so closed minded.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Good Luck.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    He’d better blow that sh*t out… It’s messing with his brain.

  • Yesse

    Doubt it, but i hope to see him try to dunk on LeBron again.

  • mike

    How about getting your FG percentage over 40% first?

  • louisianimal

    Damn yall get so upset like he said he wants to be Jesus. Michael Jordan is a legend, not a god.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    why play if you’re not tryna be the best??? whoever is considered the greatest journalist or writer ever dont you guys want to exceed him/her?? and if you dont, why do what you do? mediocrity and a paycheck?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    He’s Been listening to D. Rose too much.

  • Aaron

    Most people defending him are defending his ambition, the fact that he “wants” to be better than MJ. Ambition is great, everyone should work toward being the best at what they do. I think the issue is that he goes on to say that he feels he “is” better than MJ, “is” implying “already”. There is a difference between desire and delusion.

  • Oh Noes

    Striving to be better and motivating yourself is one thing..but if you say “I feel like I’m better than him, anyway”, it kind of negates all of the motivation talk, especially if he thinks he is already “better”.

  • Marco

    Don’t really wanna comment on Crawford’s statements. That’s just stupid!
    But @EtheKnickfan: I’m totally with Sean B’s comment. That’s just a horrible comparison. Logo ain’t even in consideration if you’re talking who could be G.O.A.T.! I mean he was nice and all but if you’re looking for the G.O.A.T. you’re talking Mike (and he really is), Magic, Bird, Big O, Russell, Chamberlain, Kareem…those guys. And believe me, Mike will always be relevant, when it comes to Basketball, not only because of Jordan Brand, but because first and foremost of his game and accomplishments, but also because he has become a cultural icon! Muhammad Ali will always be relevant, Pelé will always be relevant, BIG and Pac will always be relevant! Of course there will always be discussions and different opinions, but if you are one of the all time greats (no matter what you), you won’t be forgotten.

  • AD

    CS @loiusanimal- the negative coments from this post means 2 things 1. yall worships Mike. 2. Everyone who posted a negative comment HAS NEVER played a sport with competition and they like being second or worse in everything they do FACT!

  • Airnest

    Cocaine is a helluva drug…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I guess people here would be more happy if he rather had said “I can be better than Brian Scalabrine.”

  • Samco

    Shut up kid.

  • http://Bulls.com HarryTwatter

    Wow next John Wall will say he can be better than Derrick Rose

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He can

  • FL23

    One day someone will be better than MJ…he has the correct mentality

  • KBJ

    cant be mad at his ambition, Im sure they told Jordan the same thing, kinda like when they picked Sam Bouie over him in portland.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Why not?

  • Heals

    At what? Try taking baby steps before climbing Mt. Everest young gun. For those irked by heads with negative remarks, get a grip. No one is questioning his ambition, but rather his inability to keep things in perspective. Is he the best of his draft class? The best at his position? The best at any particular skill? Instead of talking about being better than Jordan, Mike just focus on being the best Jordan, Crawford and the rest will follow…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    If John Wall said he could be better than Derrick Rose that wouldn’t even be in the same realm of absurdity as Jordan Crawford saying the could be better than Michael Jordan.

  • Youngindy21

    I like Jordan Crawford as a player a lot. But I don’t know about that. But if he puts his mind to it then Who Knows. I would love a player on my team to have that kind of ambition. But if Eric Gordon said something like this than it would probably be more realistic/believable than Jordan Crawford saying it. Crawford is a good player and a great scorer. I watched him at Indiana and Xavier University.

  • truthteller

    Uh-oh! Crawford should watch out! ANybody who gets compared to MJ gets hated on and becomes a vilian! Just ask Kobe and Lebron!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think the Kobe hate came from what his relationship with Shaq, oh and the name on that Jersey he has been wearing his whole career – The LeBron hate has to come from (The Decision – The Concert – The “8″ Championship Goal) before that he was the most loved athlete in the world (Thanks to Tiger Woods’ libido)

  • Chukaz

    Jordan Crawford could be better than Jordan. Probably not at basketball, or business or life for that matter but maybe at a lesser thing like opening pickle jars or drinking beer…

  • Dre

    He’s talking about golf. Being better than MJ at golf.

  • Chukaz

    @Dre or baseball. Just about everybody is better than Jordan at baseball

  • Chukaz

    Maybe he’s got Jordan confused with Keith Bogans. I confuse them all the time too…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Jerry West… thats the Tuna guy right?

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  • L

    My mum thinks as well that i’m better than MJ..L

  • Rainman

    okay despite the craziness, on another note, he looked pretty solid at times this past season, i have him hopefulyl playing a full good season, a breakout of sorts :)

  • maori

    lets hope his work ethic is a as hard as his mindet :S lol

  • JD

    good motivation – nothing wrong with that.

  • http://www.tampax.com doyouwantmore

    Someday there will be a player who is better than Mike was, and he will have to say these kinds of things to get to that point.

  • http://facebook.com d00m

    better then MJ as a Bull? or Wizard..

  • gakbrenti

    damn!he’s trippin’ mannnn

  • Hambone

    He must’ve been playin 2k

  • elloko

    bro the closest thing you got to jordan is you first name! but good attitude, its all mental

  • GC6

    Great attitude unrealistic but hell its about time someone aspired to be the greatest. I love his honesty I’m sick of all this fakery by Kobe and other great players everyone knows they want be better than Jordan. He will be a great player (aint buying the Jordan thing though).

  • TP

    Honestly, he’s probably young enough that he never saw Mike play in a Chicago uniform. Mr. Crawford, here’s a good place to start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihOmTU4c5KE
    Yeah, those 55 points were in a FINALS game (something Kobe never quite did in 9! trips to the finals).

  • TP

    Oops. Kobe went the finals “only” 7 times. Sorry.

  • GC6

    But Kobe will never come out with this.

  • Seven Duece

    This why they need to keep mandatory drug testing in the new CBA.

  • Jacob Menhinick

    Who’s Jordan Crawford?

  • thecomputerdude

    This youngster could not deal with MJ now at 48..lol.

  • bigmike100

    Why not? ppl who really watch bball kno jordan crawford got game 4real. and ppl act like mike jordan gon b da greatest player forever. sumbdy gon cum along n be betta den him. j.crawford go watch his tapes man he got game

  • J

    Get better than Nick Young first.

  • Arthur Lancaon

    Prove it! For me MJ is still the very best NBA player.
    I don’t even know you. How popular are you right now?

  • jm13

    It would be better if he just stay silent and do his thing. Just speak up at the end of the day after he’s done.

  • http://www.tumblr.com arthurissupreme

    the only player in the nba who can be better than MJ is Kevin Durant, considering what he’s accomplished by the age of 22.

  • J13Smiley

    NEVER! His airness MJ will ALWAYS be the G.O.A.T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

  • J13Smiley

    Most likely, you’d be better than Jordan at losing you damn wannabe……….

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  • DMC14

    Slam you tried to confiscate but i stilll havent seen any footage of that dunk.

  • DMC14

    Slam you say they tried to confiscate but i still havent seen any footage of that dunk.

  • kakapupu

    Lebron as well

  • Brian Stevens

    It’s always good to have goals. Not saying it was going to happen. We’ll have to see whether he proves himself. But goals, and competition are good for the sport.

  • a.k

    Well i should hope so too, Micheal Jordan is 50.

  • No Name

    Jordan Crawford isn’t even the best play in the NBA with the last name Crawford. That would be Jamal, maybe his goal should be try to be better then Jamal.

  • FutureGoat(AGW)

    Nah ima be the greatest not crawford i wont let him pass jordan just wait till i make the nba ima get a lot of championships mvps and all the awards except 6 man of the year cuz ill be the mega star of my team.

  • Gavin

    Very true. J Crossover is a beast