Joe and Jordan Crawford were given a lot by Detroit.
Now they’re giving back.
“Everything about Detroit makes you who you are,” Jordan Crawford said. “I learned everything from here.”
This weekend in Detroit, the brothers are hosting the inaugural International Hoops Expo, a wide-ranging basketball event thought up by their mother, Sylvia Crawford.
“It started from my mom,” Jordan Crawford said. “She started it, worked diligently every night and put it together and it took off.”
The Expo, which started today at the Detroit Historical Museum with a professional development sports forum, runs through Saturday afternoon with an exhibition game at Renaissance High School featuring standout young players from the U.S. and around the world.
The brothers, along with a cast of NBA players including Pacers forward Paul George, will host a training camp both days.
“It’s just about all the kids from Detroit getting a chance to experience a camp,” Jordan Crawford said. “Giving back to the community, that’s the best thing about it.”
The Celtics guard starred at Detroit CMA before a college career split between Xavier and Indiana.
He said his three years in the league has made him grow up in a hurry.
“I think it makes you more of a man than anything,” he said. “You always have to worry about your character and how you present yourself. It’s not just about basketball.”
On the court, he credits older brother Joe for his success.
“The reason why I’m in the NBA is because of him,” Jordan Crawford said. “He led the way and showed us how to do it.”
Joe was a McDonald’s All-American at Renaissance, where he won a state championship in 2004 before heading to Kentucky and having a short stint with the Knicks in 2009. He most recently played overseas.
“He showed us how to work on your game, what’s the best way to work on your game and get better the quickest,” Jordan Crawford said. “So he’s the reason I’m in the NBA because he went out there blindly first and made it to the NBA without knowing how to do it.”
He averaged just over 11 points per game in 24.4 minutes this season and looks to ramp up his conditioning in the off-season to take the next step.
“It gets harder every year,” he said. “I feel like I can shake the ones and two’s and three’s just getting stronger and that’s pretty much the top thing I have to do is get in better condition for four quarters.”
More information on the International Hoops Expo can be found at www.internationalhoopsexpo.com.