Legendary NBA referee Joey Crawford sits down for an illuminating and emotional visit with Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast with Woj.
Crawford, who is retiring after 39 seasons, discusses how counseling saved his professional career and chased away personal demons that sometimes led to his volatility on the court.
Crawford goes into detail on life as a Major League Baseball umpire’s son, working his way through the Continental Basketball Association to the NBA, the IRS investigation that led to Crawford and several NBA refs temporarily losing their jobs, and the fallout of the Tim Duncan-inspired suspension in 2007.
In the Insider's Segment, The Vertical sneaker insider Nick DePaula joins Woj to discuss Steph Curry's impact on Under Armour, summer shoe free agency for New York's Kristaps Porzingis and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, and how much money LSU's Ben Simmons cost himself with a disappointing freshman season.
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