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    A J. Crawford rant … no, not that J. Crawford

    (I originally had this meandering aside plopped down in the middle of the Warriors-Nuggets post, but it just killed the flow, no matter where I put it. So here it is on its own.)

    Brief detour to discuss this topic: How much higher is Joey Crawford’s profile compared to every other NBA referee currently working? Maybe Dick Bavetta or Bennett Salvatore could give him a run for his money on the basis of longevity, or Bob Delaney with his Donnie Brasco backstory, or Violet Palmer as a female trailblazer, but I don’t think there’s anyone else as instantly recognizable in a gray addidas T right now than Crawford.

    Here was a hilarious first-quarter exchange on the Altitude broadcast between play-by-play announcer Chris Marlowe and color man Scott Hastings:

    Hastings: Joe Crawford just came down the bench and told the Denver bench that both ‘Melo and Kenyon Martin have both been warned.

    Marlowe: For what?

    Hastings: (Snorts.) It’s Joe Crawford, man. . . . Probably talking back, I guess.

    Thirty seconds later, Crawford whistled Martin for a tech.

    Hastings: I’m doing everything I can, folks, just to not say anything.

    Remember when Steve Javie was the guy who was known for having a rabbit ears and a hair-trigger penchant for handing out T’s? Javie should share some of whatever he’s been using to mellow out, because Joey, you need to chillax, man.

    – Geoff

2 Responses to “A J. Crawford rant … no, not that J. Crawford”

  1. Boycott the Warriors until Chris Cohan sells the team!!!

  2. Joey F’N Crawford

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