Jamal Crawford's favourite Seattle sights

Seattle: Rain or Shine

Text: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

The supersonics may have left six years ago, but one basketball star has nothing but love for his hometown

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford has spent 14 years in the NBA

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Though he now calls Los Angeles and the Clippers home, Jamal Crawford dreams at night of his hometown, the Emerald City. “It has the coolest people,” raves the 14-year NBA veteran. “Everybody’s really nice. As soon as you get off the plane, the air is clean. It’s totally different than what you’re used to. It’s the most beautiful place in the world.”

And for those looking to raise a future basketball player, Seattle isn’t the worst place in the world to grow up. 

“It rains so much in Seattle, you’re indoors a lot. So for me, I stayed in the gym,” Crawford says. “It definitely had a direct influence on my game and who I am as a person.” 

TOP FIVE: Jamal’s Loves
 

Seattle Pro-Am Basketball

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1 SEATTLE PRO-AM BASKETBALL 
Seattle Pacific University

It runs from July 5th to August 30th. “We have a lot of guys already committed for this summer. Rajon Rondo said he’s coming. Gerald Wallace. Paul George.”

Key Arena, Seattle

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2 KEY ARENA
305 Harrison St.

“Key Arena is really good because it’s got a real nice setting. They can make it really, really dark, so all the focus is on the stage. I’ve seen Sade and Kendrick Lamar there.”

 

Pike´s Place Market

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3 PIKE’S PLACE MARKET 
86 Pike St.

“My grandfather used to live on top of it. All the pictures I see of Pike Place Market, I can see my grandfather’s apartment. I’ve never caught a fish at the fish market, but I will at some point.”

 

Dick's Drive-In

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4 DICK´S DRIVE-IN
115 Broadway E

“That’s a 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. The fries. Even Bill Gates goes there.”

 

Seward Park in Seattle

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5 SEWARD PARK 
5895 Lake Washington Boulevard South

“On Lake Washington and in Seward Park you can walk around and see the water and the trees. You can see Mount Rainier as well.”

Extra Kick
The beat of the city

Seattle music landmarks

EMP MUSEUM

Weirdly designed and featuring the only Nirvana exhibition you’ll ever need.
www.empmuseum.org

EL CORAZÓN

Also known as the Off Ramp, therefore also known as the place where Pearl Jam first played.
www.elcorazonseattle.com

SEATTLE CENTER FOUNTAIN 

Vigils for departed music legends and awesome water-fountain shows.

www.seattlecenter.com

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