“I just knew Seattle was the place for me,” Crawford said.
Fifteen years later, Crawford has made another getaway, and once again it is driven by his ties to Seattle.
After playing 11 NBA seasons in Chicago, New York, Oakland and Atlanta, Crawford on Thursday turned down more money, better teams and longer contracts to come play in Portland, where at less than 175 miles away is the closest NBA city to Seattle.
“To me, the Northwest is the best,” Crawford said. “The air, it feels cleaner. The people are so nice and caring. Every time I fly in on a plane, I say, ‘I’m never leaving here.’ It’s just different. People who aren’t from here don’t get it. It just fits certain people.”