Seattle: Drizzle to dribbleAmerican basketball star Jamal Crawford owes his career to the inclement weather of his beautiful hometown
Jamal Crawford plays for the Los Angeles Clippers and has also turned out for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks, but he still pines for the city where he grew up in the Pacific Northwest.
“Seattle is the most beautiful place in the world,” says the 34-year-old NBA guard. “It has the coolest people and it’s totally different from anywhere else.”
Even though the Emerald City has not hosted a basketball team since the Seattle SuperSonics left in 2008, Crawford is proof that it’s a perfect place to raise an NBA star. “It rains so much in Seattle, you’re indoors a lot, so I stayed at the basketball gym,” explains Crawford. “It definitely had a direct influence on my game and who I am as a person.”
TOP FIVE: CRAWFORD’S SEATTLE SIGHTS
1 SEATTLE PRO-AM BASKETBALL
Seattle Pacific University
“We have a lot of guys already committed for this summer,” says Crawford of the July 5 to August 30 event. “Rajon Rondo said he’s coming, so is Gerald Wallace and Paul George.”
2 KEY ARENA
305 Harrison St.
“The Key Arena is really good because it’s got a real nice setting. They can make it really, really dark in there, so all the focus is on the stage. I’ve seen Sade and Kendrick Lamar there.”
3 PIKE’S PLACE MARKET
86 Pike St.
“My grandfather used to live above this place. When I see a picture of Pike Place Market, I can see his apartment. Make sure you visit the fish stall, where you throw what you buy to the guy behind the counter.”
4 DICK´S DRIVE-IN
115 Broadway E
“This place is a Seattle staple. Macklemore shut down the whole bus line on Broadway and filmed a video on top of Dick’s. It’s unique. The shakes are really good. Even Bill Gates goes there.”
5 SEWARD PARK
5895 Lake Washington Boulevard South
“This neighbourhood is located in the south of the city, right on Lake Washington. You can sit here and look out across the water all the way to Mount Rainier 90km away.”
Seattle music landmarks
Weirdly designed and featuring the only Nirvana exhibition you’ll ever need.
Also known as the Off Ramp and the place where Pearl Jam first played.
SEATTLE CENTER FOUNTAIN
The place for vigils of departed music legends.