Mavs' Crowder follows role model

Just like his advice-giving father, rookie took indirect path to reach the NBA

Updated: July 16, 2012, 3:28 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Jae Crowder has a leg up on his fellow rookies with the Dallas Mavericks and across the association because his father, Corey Crowder, preceded his winding journey to the NBA with one of his own.

Like father, like son, the Crowder path wasn't lined with star dust and a pot of gold waiting on the dotted line of a rookie contract.

The Crowder way was fraught with impossible odds and hurdled with relentless work and endlessly willing the body and soul to succeed.

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