Crawford keeping his family in his thoughts

Joe Crawford is still learning to cope with the fire that hit his family's home in Detroit last month and destroyed most of his personal belongings, including the numerous sports awards he had won from childhood days until now.

Joe Crawford is still learning to cope with the fire that hit his family's home in Detroit last month and destroyed most of his personal belongings, including the numerous sports awards he had won from childhood days until now.

"I think maybe it happened for a reason. It made me want more and stop focusing on some things I did in the past. Just go out and get more," Crawford said after Thursday's win over Alabama at the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Crawford insists he can handle adversity, and has during his UK career.

Still, he sounded extremely remorseful when explaining that his parents "couldn't afford the trip" to Atlanta to watch him play because of the fire. He's not sure what they'll be able to do about the NCAA Tournament, either.

"Hopefully, they will get to come. I really want them to make it, but with the fire going on, it will be tough for them to get the money to go wherever we play. That's kind of hard to accept," Crawford said.

So does that mean he planned to call them to talk about the game?

"They are going to call and talk to me first. They make sure my head is on straight and let me know that everything is all right back home. When I went through that drought, they wanted me to focus in and get back to playing the way I can. They want to see me play well more than anybody," Crawford said.

The Kentucky junior admits he sometimes put too much pressure on himself and probably did after his family's fire.

"I think I do put too much pressure on myself at times," Crawford said. "I focus on always wanting to play my greatest game. I think I am my biggest critic. No matter what I did, sometimes I put unneeded pressure on myself to do more.I feel like I should make every shot and that can put me in a slump. But after what my family went through, I realize things happen for a reason and I hope I can learn not to put as much pressure on myself as what I have before."


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