Jamal Crawford Explains Why He Doesn’t Like Basketball Media

Feb 17, 2023; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Jamal Crawford and Candace Parker call the game for TNT during the 2023 NBA All Star Rising Stars Game at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jamal Crawford has a very successful NBA career and cemented himself as one of the most enjoyable basketball players to watch. Over the course of his 20-year career, Crawford constantly found ways to contribute to his team.

While on The Draymond Green Show, Crawford discussed why he hates the way basketball discourse is today.

“My problem is basketball is one of the only sports, or only things, where you don’t have to be a professional to judge professionals and get people looking at it like you’re the gospel, and it’s crazy to me.”

Jamal Crawford said on The Draymond Green Show

Crawford is tied for the most Sixth Man of the Year Awards in league history. There is no denying that his voice in media is very important. The perspective that current and former NBA players have is undeniably a better lens than the everyday fan or analyst.

However, to play devil’s advocate, there have been quite a few wild opinions from NBA legends. Whether it be Gilbert Arenas calling Nikola Jokic the worst MVP in the last 40 years, or Shaquille O’Neal claiming Bol Bol to be a better player than Victor Wembanyama.

“I can’t walk into Microsoft and tell Bill Gates, ‘Create this’ or ‘What you’re doing is wrong, you’re supposed to do (this).’ Think about how I’d be looked at if I walked into Microsoft and I’m telling Bill Gates how it should look and what should be done, and this is Bill Gates. But we allow it, and that kills me.”

Jamal Crawford

Ex-player’s opinions are certainly valid. In a day and age where hot-take culture and click culture is dominant in the sports industry, it makes sense to hear Crawford feel the way he does.