Jamal Crawford dreamed about playing in the NBA. As a skinny 18-year-old kid playing for Rainer Beach High in Seattle, Crawford hoped he'd get the chance to play against teams such as the Chicago Bulls, Lakers and New York Knicks. But could he have imagined sharing an NBA floor with a teammate at Rainer Beach? That dream was just too big to believe. But Tuesday night when the Clippers faced the Bulls, Crawford and Nate Robinson literally tangled, the duo overcame incredibly long odds. "It's unbelievable," Crawford said. As far as Crawford knows, he and Robinson are one of two pairs of high school teammates currently playing in the NBA, along with rookies Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross from Jefferson High in Portland, Ore. In Crawford's senior year at Rainer Beach, he played in the backcourt with Robinson, who was a freshman, and they led the team to the state semifinals. "We should've won it all," Crawford said. While that team never made it to the peak, Crawford and Robinson both did. They even played together in the NBA, spending more than three seasons with the Knicks.
NBA rarity for Crawford, Robinson
Orange County Register | Dec 14