Jordan Crawford has a way about him a style. From quirky things like tucking his warmup pants into his socks to simply the at once carefree and purposeful way he walks he is Jordan Crawford and no one else.

He once described it all as his “steez” a combination of style and ease with linguistic origins in music lyrics.

It’s fair to say that some basketball people have been chilled by Crawford’s steez which may account for his being traded three times in three years counting his draft night transaction.

“Some people just kind of misunderstand me you know just because I’ve got a strong personality” said the Celtics guard. “People kind of get intimidated by it when it really doesn’t mean anything. It’s just me coming to work wanting to play.

“That’s all I want to do is hoop.”

Two years ago he told Michael Lee of the Washington Post that he believed he could be better than Michael Jordan and that yeah he knew people would think he was crazy for saying that. It was his way of saying he would place no limits on himself. Reality checks be damned just stop and think for a moment about all the wonderful things in this world that have been born of unrealistic expectations.

At this point Crawford is simply appreciative of people who believe in him or to a lesser degree are willing to let him make his case free from preconceived notions. Doc Rivers gave him his shots last season after a late February acquisition but surely the coach had been given a salty scouting report from Washington leader and close friend Randy Wittman.

Brad Stevens the Celtics’ new coach out of Butler is probably more familiar with Crawford from his days down Interstate 74 at Xavier. The slate is as clean as it’s been in a while.

“This gives each guy an opportunity to carve their own way” said Crawford. “It makes for an exciting season.

“It’s just exciting. You’ve got a new coach who just wants to come in and win. He’s all about winning. He doesn’t really know the NBA swagger yet for coaches and players so he’s just coming in to work. That’s good for players that want the chance to make something out of themselves.”
The shape and tenure of Crawford’s future with the Celtics largely will be determined by how the club is able to remake itself over the next year or two and what trades become available. But he is comforted by the fact his front-office boss Danny Ainge is among his strongest supporters. Ainge has always liked guys who can enter a game and score in bunches and he’s tuned in to other aspects of the 6-foot-4 guard’s game as well.

“It’s a great thing to have” Crawford said of Ainge’s approval. “He’s looking at me as a person. It’s refreshing. You can go out and be yourself. When you can go out and be yourself it makes it possible for you to be the best player you can be.