NBA / Oct 2, 2008 / 3:36 pm

Seattle’s Best: Q&A With Jamal Crawford and Jason Terry

Jamal Crawford and Jason Terry

While many people would say that Starbucks is Seattle’s best, I beg to differ. The other day I was able to get up with Jamal Crawford and Jason Terry – two of the greatest players to have played in the 206 – and talk to them about the Emerald City, where they play ball and what they’re gonna write on their Reebok Talkin Krazy this season.

Jamal Crawford

Dime: Just like Jason, you grew up in Seattle. Where did you play ball?
Jamal Crawford: I played at all the rec. centers and then at my high school. I’d play wherever the best run was. Nowadays, it’s at Rainier Beach. They have a Pro-Am and Nate [Robinson] plays in it, Jason [Terry], Spencer Hawes, and some other pros.

Dime: Is it true you only played ball for two years in high school?
JC: Honestly, I was in L.A. and not focused on school. I was running with the in-crowd and not eligible. When I moved to Seattle, I got my grades together and I played basketball. I played early on, but just not for my school. I knew Baron [Davis], Paul [Pierce], Schea Cotton. I played at 74th and Van Ness. They had the dunkables. Ya know, the 7-foot rims.

Dime: What’s it like playing alongside Rainier Beach alum Nate Robinson?
JC: It’s crazy honestly. We have the same color unis we wore in high school. He was a frosh and I was a senior. He was the little guy growing up, now it’s exciting to be in New York.

Dime: I read somewhere that you keep your watch set to Pacific Time to indicate time back in Seattle. Do you still do this?
JC: I’m still on it. It’s not that it’s hard to adjust, it’s just home.

Dime: Who do you kick it with on the Knicks off the court?
JC: Eddy Curry and Nate Rob.

Dime: What do most of your teammates not know about you?
JC: They don’t know that I’m a comedian. The season for me is business, but off the court I’m really funny.

Dime: How has Elton Brand‘s move to Philly altered the power structure in the East?
JC: I think it definitely changes things. Also with Jermaine O’Neal in Toronto and Mo Williams in Cleveland, people are getting better. Getting Coach D’Antoni was huge. His different style with our team will benefit us.

Dime: I hear you’re going to be wearing the Reebok Talkin Krazy this season. What are you going to write on it?
JC: Three simple words, “Make it Happen.”

Jason Terry

Dime: Just like Jamal, you grew up in Seattle. Where did you play ball?
Jason Terry: I played at Rainier Beach, but the legendary runs went down at UW. I mean classic runs. Guys would come back that are in the League and play against guys trying to make a name for themselves.

Dime: Who do you think is the greatest PG ever to come out of Arizona?
JT: Honestly, I want to say myself, but I went there because of Damon [Stoudamire]. We won the Championship in ’97. You also have Steve Kerr, [Mike] Bibby, [Gilbert] Arenas. We are the elite class, a brotherhood. We all go back in the summer and play with the new cats coming in. If I can’t pick myself, I say Damon [Stoudamire].

Dime: Did you have a chance to meet and talk with Brandon Jennings when he decided on U of A?
JT: I talked to him at the Reebok All-American Camp. His decision was to play overseas. You gotta do what is best for him and his family. Life goes on. Abdul Gaddy is gonna be an outstanding talent though.

Dime: I read somewhere that you have a tattoo of Underdog. How do you relate?
JT: I never was seen as one of the best players on the court ’til senior year of high school. Even at Arizona, I was not a starter ’til senior year.

Dime: What do most of your teammates not know about you?
JT: My teammates wouldn’t know that I sleep with my Reebok Omni Pumps.
Dime: Are you for real?
JT: Yea. I always sleep in my uniform the night before a game.

Dime: Who do you kick it with on the Mavs off the court?
JT: Jerry [Stackhouse] and Dirk [Nowitzki].

Dime: Your brother Curtis just finished playing college ball at UNLV last season. What’s he up to?
JT: He just graduated with a Communications degree. He tried out for Dallas’ Summer League team and is waiting on a call from the Lakers for training camp. He has a future in broadcasting in the Mountain West conference or playing overseas.

Dime: I hear you’re going to be wearing the Reebok Talkin Krazy this season. What are you going to write on it?
JT: My nickname is JET, so I’m gonna write, “Clear The Runway.”

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  • Ray

    Great interview, makes me wanna get the new Talkin Krazy shoes now. But as a Knicks fan its pretty cool to know that 2 members of the backcourt are from the same area and have that type of relationship. Hopefully it can result into wins and my fav player Mike Bibby is the best PG to come out of PG Univ, srry Jet.

  • Homeless J

    Great article.

    Fuck Starbucks though. I bet if you got a Starbucks coffee every day for the NBA season, it would cost you more than Jet and Crawford’s individual contracts.

  • justice

    Jc is looking bigger we need that…Jt is what it means to be a combo guard, jamal is ok at it but his shot selection is too wild for any coach to trust him at the point…but JT doesnt get enough credit for doing what he does well, Nate,JC, Ben Gordon,Eric Gordon even barbosa should be taking notes a guy that can run the offense and also get buckets off the ball, tony delk was a great combo too where is that guy?

  • Diego

    Loved JT when he played for the Hawks. A very personable upbeat guy; one of my favorite all-time Hawks. Having cool, personable fan-friendly players on your team cannot be overrated! (Vs. e.g., unpersonable stiffs. Shareef anyone?).

    Could not believe after Dallas snookered JT from the Hawks for Antoine Walker, how Dallas had him warming the bench for MONTHS behind Harris AND Darrel Armstrong. Glad JT didn’t punch…Nellie was it? (or Avery).. in the chops then. Wish JT had won the chip.

    Was not too thrilled when he badmouthed the Hawks a bit after trade. Truth is he loved it in the ATL! (But losing probably was tough.)

    He is a superstitous guy though.

  • SteveNash

    he failed to mention he sleeps with his jock strap on as well…

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QuEsT???

    that pic is soo funny
    Jason : Yea man we look hot, relax bro no homo

  • chronically_ill

    With all due respect, the best player to rep Seattle has to be Brandon Roy

  • Flip

    I so wanna party with the JET and the Dirkster

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    nice interview.

  • http://www.kikaayacollegeschool.net smity far away

    it would actually be cool to get guys together (if you can catch up with them) to talk about coming up, playing in their home cities…

  • Phil

    best of seattle? i’m not sure either them is even better than roy.

  • it ain’t easy being green

    I agree with ray. Bibby is the man. Starbucks is trash. Expensive, gross, yuppy, homo trash.

  • solomon

    lol @ the starbukcks hate

    no question about the sonics taking a hiatus???

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