Saturday , Jun , 14 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Jamal Crawford Joins ‘Save Our Sonics’ Campaign

Like a good native son, Jamal Crawford is back in Seattle, hoping to turn his fame into goodwill. That’s how it works, right? You raise them, and then they raise you.

Today, Crawford will host a fundraising event at Talaris Conference Center called "High Tops and Helping Hands," aimed to improve the quality of athletic training in local high schools. He’s one of many Seattle-bred NBA players still tied to home. Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Spencer Hawes, Jason Terry — too many to name in a tight space. They’ve turned this city into a hoops hot spot, and they’re committed to maintaining that standard.

Crawford dips his head when talking about the biggest potential blow to the mission — losing the Sonics.

"It’s crunch time for sure," he says softly. "I can’t imagine a city like Seattle without a team." [Seattle Times]