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Crawford: I can be better than Michael

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08:06 AM ET 10.28 | In fairness, he does, in part, share a name with His Airness. 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?" ... 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."

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October 28, 2011  08:45 AM ET

This one is going to be too easy

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October 28, 2011  08:51 AM ET

I just don't really... quite really... really... understand these players now-a-days. Why do they have to be comparing and saying they are either greater or aiming to be the greater than the King?

As Ed Lover would say, "Come on son!" This is not going to happen anytime now. The rings, the records, the iconic games, the endorsements, heck even the rules (written and unwritten) named after him... There is absolutely no comparison. None. Im not even a Jordan fan and I know better!

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October 28, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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I just don't really... quite really... really... understand these players now-a-days. Why do they have to be comparing and saying they are either greater or aiming to be the greater than the King?

Because today's NBA is all about the player.. not the team.

October 28, 2011  09:12 AM ET

Jordan Farmar?

October 28, 2011  09:20 AM ET

This guys comments rank up there with the comments by players that said they should look into forming their own league. This guy must be trying to get some news cause there's no way he actually believes that sh**.

October 28, 2011  09:21 AM ET

.... his 15 minutes ;) .... dunked on LeBron James in a pickup game in 2009 ... It was reported that it was Jordan Crawford, a sophomore guard at Xavier, that made the feat at the LeBron James Skills Academy. ...

Remember Nike took all the Tapes of it ... Footage leaked out about a week later on YouTube.

October 28, 2011  09:23 AM ET

Washington after the LOCKOUT ...

should trade Jordan Crawford to ... MJ Bobcats ....

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October 28, 2011  09:36 AM ET
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Cassius Clay was called "crazy" and worse when stating "I'm the Greatest" before he even fought Sonny Liston.Not everyone is going to have the success of Ali (obviously), but, any competitor should be able to relate to a guy thinking he's the best at something.That's just a natural goal of a competitor.

We've seen this guy for some time now and for you to mention probably the greatest boxer of all time in the same breath as this chump is absurd.

October 28, 2011  09:43 AM ET

Oh. And this is one of the two most important news stories in the NBA today? Great work SI.

October 28, 2011  09:45 AM ET
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I agree 100%, you're are ABSOLUTELY correct...... there was a similar controversy surrounding Stephen Jackson a few years ago claiming he's as good (if not better) than Kobe Bryant. A lot of folks had a problem with that comment.Why? What in the HECK was he supposed to say, "I'm not as good as a lot of players and am just glad to be in the league, etc., etc.".I don't think a lot of folks know the true essence of competition and being the best.You NEVER think someone else is better than you at your profession.That's a recipe for disaster.

True however you do not place the bull's-eye on your own chest intentionally. You look in the mirror every morning and verify your mindset and goals but you don't proclaim it to the world. Well, you could but you will then suffer the slings and arrows of FN ...

 
October 28, 2011  09:47 AM ET

Yeah. We all remember when Michael Jordan spouted off about being the next Dr. J. No, wait, he was going to be better than Pete Marovich, yeah, that's what he was bragging about.

No. MJ let his GAME do the talking. He kept his mouth shut and PLAYED.

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