Former NBA journeyman Jordan Crawford hasn’t played in the NBA for a couple of years, but like a lot of guys who end up out of the league for various reasons, he’s finding new life in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Tianjin Ronggang Gold Lions. In fact, he had the game of his life Friday when he dropped an astounding 72 points in a loss to the Sichuan Blue Whales. Here’s more on his performance from ESPN.com:
On Friday, Crawford shot 21-for-40, including 4-for-12 from 3-point range, and grabbed 16 rebounds, but the Gold Lions fell to 5-23 in the Chinese Basketball Association with the 113-104 loss.
After being drafted in 2010, the 27-year-old played for a total of four teams during his NBA tenure: the New Jersey Nets, the Washington Wizards, the Boston Celtics, and the Golden State Warriors. He played a handful of preseason games for the Chicago Bulls this fall but was waived before the regular season.
The precocious guard first gained name recognition for dunking on LeBron James at a summer camp, the footage of which was controversially confiscated. He then raised eyebrows during his sophomore season in the league when he told reporters that he believed he could end up being a better player than the man he shares a name with, i.e. Michael Jordan. Things haven’t exactly panned out that way, but if he keeps playing like this, they might have to dub him the Michael Jordan of the CBL.