Seattle: Rain or ShineThe supersonics may have left six years ago, but one basketball star has nothing but love for his hometown
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
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
The beat of the city
Seattle music landmarks
Weirdly designed and featuring the only Nirvana exhibition you’ll ever need.
Also known as the Off Ramp, therefore also known as the place where Pearl Jam first played.
SEATTLE CENTER FOUNTAIN
Vigils for departed music legends and awesome water-fountain shows.