Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 10:25 am  |  24 responses

Jamal Crawford Practiced Shooting for the First Time This Summer

Stephen Jackson’s boast that he never trains in the offseason had people shaking their heads in disbelief. But, it turns out that he’s not alone. Jamal Crawford tells the LA Times that he only started working on this shot this summer: “After 12 NBA seasons and with a firm reputation as a pure shooter, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford tried something during the off-season he had never done before. He practiced shooting. It’s astonishing to think that Crawford, who is the NBA’s career leader with 34 four-point plays and ranks 21st all-time with 1,387 three-pointers, didn’t routinely spend his summers in stuffy gyms trying to perfect his shot. ‘I’ve never actually been drilled before. Seriously. I told Blake that, and he couldn’t believe it,’ Crawford said of teammate Blake Griffin. Crawford, 32, felt compelled to change his preparation after he signed a free-agent deal with the Clippers worth about $21 million over four years. Coming off a subpar season with the Portland Trail Blazers in which he hit 30.8% of his three-point attempts and shot a below-career-average 38.4% from the field, the NBA’s 2010 sixth man of the year saw an opportunity for good things here, and he wanted to be ready. For him, that meant doing shooting drills. ‘This summer was actually the first summer I worked on my game. I usually just play off of raw talent,’ he said Thursday after the Clippers’ practice. ‘But I just wanted to work on something and be in great shape coming into camp. I came here right after Labor Day, which is the earliest I’ve ever gone to any team in the summer, and all the guys were here, committed to getting better. Now it’s part of my lifestyle, working out and being here, shooting and getting shots up. It gives you more confidence that if you miss one or two, you know you’ve been working on it every single day and your teammates have confidence because they see it as well.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/KingofKushSmoke PimpMaster of yo Hoe

    Now i see why he plays for a different team at the end of every summer

  • tigerJK

    Shoot.. where can i get myself some of that raw talent??

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    jcrossover gonna be knocking down some big shots this year

  • TBRK

    we don’t believe you, you need more people……Handles like that are not just raw talent dude….you’re not proving anything to anybody saying stuff like this, just making yourself look bad

  • TBRK

    ….but then again, there has to be a reason why as talented as he is he’s never broken past that option at the 1 / spark off the bench role…smh

  • roscoe

    crawford took deAndre (can’t hit a FT) jordans’ advice.

  • Thecool

    Imagine if the ‘good’ NBA players worked as hard as the ‘great’ players.

  • Caboose

    That’s a great example for Blake….

  • Allen Iverson

    Why he gonna talk bout practice

  • RG190

    This makes sense considering his game hasn’t changed much at all throughout his career. However, it’s disappointing to hear that a professional getting paid as much as he does never pushed himself to be even better. Offensively, there aren’t many above him…but his defense is lacking in every sense of the word.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Brill86 Andrew Woods

    and this man deserves 21 million??? wake me when the next lock out starts

  • AMOS

    As fans its difficult for us to understand what an NBA season is like for a basketball player. Its grueling, practice, travel, play, practice, travel, play. The offseason is where guys just unwind. And particularly the older guys, you can’t just hoop every single day in the off season…its not even smart. Past a certain point in guys careers taking care of your body is more important to you livelihood in the L than actually becoming a better basketball player… and unfortunately thats the route the average NBA player takes…its a lot of average cats in the league, great players but guys who don’t have what drives the Kobe’s, KD’s and the like. Its a reason there is only a small circle at the top.

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  • brad09′

    You always knew crawford had all the tools to be a great offensive force in the league, now we know why he dosent live up to that ability.

  • Junior Taylor

    The same guy that plays like he is in the Rucker never worked on his game in the off-season Who would have thunk it.

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  • patrick

    re: Jamal Crawford..bad author..they didn’t ask what he means by “never been drilled before”…what does he mean by that?

  • Mr. Wet

    I mean, even kobe hasn’t truly practiced for the last few years. To save his body, and if you read the gary payton article you’d see the same thing. Doesn’t mean they don’t work on things, they just know what to save themselves on.

  • http://twitter.com/BigKen472 KEN HUNTER

    not practicing anything specific skill is not the same as not playing all summer . If you play nearly every other day all summer but simply dont hoist a 1000 shots a day alone does that actually mean you are not working on your game ?

  • Ugh

    Play basketball every day for twenty-five years.
    Never works on his game=never does drills.

  • http://www.facebook.com/natgeo02 Neitel Agosto

    no wonder why he plays for like a zillion teams since he’s been in the league…what a bad example….at least you can practice your freethrows for tiago splitters sake! look, i know a season can be cruel, but did michael jordan made any excuses? does lebron make excuses? what about kobe?? he is an ok shooter, but he will never be a great shooter, cause he never practices, and he is 32, common….i bet he never had his own shoe?? cause he sucks…

  • BC

    A poor man’s Allen Iverson

  • Onions Baby Onions

    People are interpreting these comments from players as if they never work on their game in any sense. Obviously all of these guys played ball (ie. pick-up and/or club ball) for hours on end year after year, they’re just saying they haven’t worked on refining their games through formal drills.

  • Jeremys6226

    don’t even want to think about how good Crawford would have been if he practised…