Updated: December 19, 2012 1:02PM
The casual NBA fan might not even have known that Jamal Crawford was still in the league, much less playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Well, everybody knows now. The Clippers’ sixth man was trending on Twitter on Thursday after a behind-the-back, crossover-dribble move on Ray Allen, that left the Miami Heat guard grasping for air and, quite likely, some ice for his ankles. After leaving a stumbling Allen in his wake, Crawford cooly nailed a free-throw-line jumper.
The journeyman Crawford — six teams in 13 years — began his career with the Bulls at age 20. Despite scoring 50-plus points three times, Crawford is rarely in the discussion of the NBA’s top players. But when it comes to highlight reels, Crawford and his “sick handles” are always on replay.
Several athletes on Twitter offered reviews of @JCrossover’s instant classic:
Knicks guard JR Smith: @JCrossover is like looking in a mirror wit more handles!
Panama pro player Gary Forbes: Wherever @JCrossover workin out at next summer, I’m there! ... Ankle Bone Collector!
Former NBA player Quentin Richardson: @JCrossover came str8 in wit hot slugs!! Lol. He
got video game work. Haha. Back wit the Knicks he gave the heat 52 (fiddy two)
Former NBA player Mateen Cleaves: Man I can watch J. Crawford play all night long. That boy has that boogie in his game.
Former NFL player Desmond Howard: My man Jamal Crawford #MichiganMan is giving my boys the business tonight! #Crawdaddy #madhandles