Jordan Crawford on Kobe hissing and his first paycheck

Jordan Crawford taped his appearance on Dan Le Batard’s ESPN show weeks ago, before the Wizards became all exciting and competitive to the point where they’d be favored against the Nets on Friday night. So there were more questions about losing than there were about winning in his appearance.

Still, this being Jordan Crawford, the interview had a few entertaining nuggets. (Listen to the podcast here.) For example.

On Kobe Bryant’s noises: “When I first played with Kobe — they call him the Black Mamba — but then he was doing like a little snake sound when he wanted the ball. It was crazy. It was crazy….It’s like tsssss, tsssss. Like Fish, Fish, Fisher. Tsssss, tssss. He do that. Everybody tells you he’s gonna do it before you play him — like, ‘Wait till you hear him do this.’ And then he [does] it, and it’s like, what? He’s really a mamba. It sounds like some kind of snake.”

(Note: An earlier version of this item incorrectly said “Fishing” instead of “Fisher,” above.)

On his first paycheck: “I was like, this ain’t enough. We need more comin’ in. But yeah, it was a blessing.”

On taxes: “That’s when I first started asking questions about taxes. Up until then, I used to act like I knew what taxes was and all that, but when it started hitting my checks, then when I started asking questions.”

On the toughest challenge he faced as a child: “The classroom was probably the hardest, knowing that I needed to do that to play basketball. It took me ’til my last chance pretty much. That was the hardest. I always thought that if I could play basketball good, when I get in the classroom, I could kind of just breeze through that until I could get in the gym again. [Like] a waiting room, kind of.”

On the percentage of classes he attended at Xavier: “If it’s cold, the percentage was low. And then if it’s after a good win, it’s easy to go to class. So I kind of switched it up, depending on what’s going on.”

On the worst part of his job: “When you’re losing so much, and you’ve got 60 more games to go. It feels like you’ve been playing for like four or five months, but you’ve really been there for one. That hurts.”

On feeling crushed by losing: “Yeah. All the time. It’s not something you want to do, but you can’t really help it. I mean, you’re surrounded by it. You’ve got to get up the next day and go to practice and see the same people you were with. You kind of lose your mind a little bit. Everybody forgets what the focus was and what we was planning to do.”

(Image via @caseyreporting)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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