The Washington Times - April 17, 2011, 11:56AM

The Wizards got rookie guard Jordan Crawford from the Atlanta Hawks in February, and in almost no time, he and John Wall were meshing into a cohesive backcourt unit. Crawford loves to shoot, and has no problem putting up 30 or 40 shots per game, but not every shot is a good shot; something Crawford will learn.

His confidence for a rookie is high, and his fearless attitude, competitive nature and versatility in the backcourt make him a valuable asset. Before heading off on a summer vacation that began all too quickly, Crawford shared his thoughts on what he took away from the season, and how his career found new life in a Wizards uniform.


On his offseason plans:

“Just working out. When the playoffs are over, that’s when everybody starts working out again. It should be fun and exciting to get back on the court.”

On becoming a Wizard:

“It was great. I thank God everyday for giving me this opportunity. After what I was going though in Atlanta [lack of playing time], I just tried to take advantage of it. I was very anxious; I just tried to do the best I could. It is definitely one of the top things I’ve been through, because it’s the NBA. I always wanted to be on the court with great NBA players every night, and I got a chance to do that. You couldn’t ask for much more.”

On learning patience:

“I think that’s what helped me this year when I was in Atlanta. I sat out my senior year in high school because of my [broken] foot, and then sitting out another year transferring to Xavier (from Indiana). I think that helped me a lot. I think patience is a virtue and it really helped me. I didn’t complain, just stuck with it, and my opportunity came, and I just tried to take advantage of it.”

On the potential lockout:

“You definitely look into it and see what’s going on, but this is your job at the end of the day so you continue to work out. It’s something you love to do so it’s not going to be hard to get in the gym even knowing that there’s going to be a lockout. It’s very serious. I got a lot of good advice from a lot of different people; how to take care of your money and to just look into it; don’t just pray that the lockout will be over, really see what’s going on. That’s what I’m going to do and I’ve got great people behind me. I’m very prepared.”

On the highlight of his season:

“Playing, playing, playing. Even though we lost the L.A. game, in L.A. against the Clippers; that was probably one of the funnest games. Playing against Chicago was pretty fun. A lot of good games.”

On picking up another sport:

“Nah, I’m only good at this.”

On John Wall’s season:

“He did great. To be on a team that has a losing record and for him to maintain what he did all year and for him to play as hard as he did the last couple of games even though he knew the season was going to be over, it was impressive. He’s a Rookie of the Year candidate.”

On his outlook for next season:

“It could be very good. It’s not guaranteed it’s going to be good because you have to put a lot of work into it, but the pieces we’ve got, the coaching staff we’ve got, I think we can do some special things. We need a vet that can look after all these young players that don’t know how to win. We already have a great coaching staff.”

On his chemistry with Wall:

“He really had a lot of confidence in me. Sometimes when he was tired and didn’t feel like taking the ball up the court he let me do it. It just made everybody feel comfortable with each other. We both are around the same age; we’re both rookies, so you can see the connection.”

On his role next year:

“To be a key component on a team that’s winning. When you’re winning, you’re relevant again. As long as we’re winning, that’s all that’s important.”

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