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The Road Not Easy For Hawks Rookie Jordan Crawford

The adjustment from college to the pros is often not an easy one for young, budding NBA hopefuls.  They end up watching those same players that they've imitated while learning the game as kids as a guy like Steve Nash blows by them in the lane or Kobe Byrant posts up and connects for one of those ridiculous fade away buckets.

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But the toughest thing about making the jump?  According to Atlanta Hawks rookie Jordan Crawford, that's easy.

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"Definitely the road trips," said Crawford, who has 5.5 points and almost two boards in eight games for Atlanta this season. "You forget what day it is sometimes, you got all of those road chores. I’m finally catching up (on my schedule)."

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Ah, the road chores. As if it wasn't difficult enough to deal with the rigors of travelling in and out of some opposing NBA city within a 24-hour period, rookies in the league are basically the veteran's little gofers on the road, getting donuts, carrying bags and doing other chores for those who have managed to stick around the league for more than just a cup of coffee.

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Crawford knows that getting up 45 minutes to an hour early is a part of life for a rookie in the NBA.  He's just looking forward to next year, when he'll be telling the new guys what to do.

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"I won’t make them do anything extra," he said. "I’ll make sure they make them do the things the same things I have to do."

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That's only fair, Jordan.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.