The education of Jordan Crawford started at the Las Vegas Summer League and continued at “Gurg’s” camp in the same city.
Those were just remedial classes, though.
The real coursework started when Hawks camp opened last week and Crawford’s competition included an All-Star and Sixth Man Award winner instead of rookies and fringe free agents.
“It’s through the roof,” Crawford said. “One day you are checking Jamal. The next day you are checking Joe. The next day you are checking Jeff.”
In addition to the difficulty of those assignments, Crawford is adjusting to a heavy course load. He admits that the two-a-day practices, long sessions and running of L.D.’s camp were “real demanding” physically.
“The conditioning is the hardest part,” he said.
Considering all those factors, it’s no surprise that camp observers say Crawford’s performance has tailed off a bit after a quick start,