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Thirty-two years ago, Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. took part in the Foot Locker Slam Fest. He went up against Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter. The latter would receive a 9.3 rating on his second dunk attempt. Meanwhile, on his second dunk attempt, Griffey would receive a 9.1. This allowed Carter to advance to the next round.
Following his win over Griffey, Carter was interviewed by ESPN’s Dick Vitale. Vitale began the interview by saying, “I thought you were a fluke, but you are for real.”
Carter would answer“Well, that shows Dick you don’t know everything.”
“I’ll tell you what, you’re right. Hey, very lucky. You will need it in the next round,” Vitale said.
Carter would go on to thank Vitale. Thus began Ken Griffey Jr. and his relationship with the game of basketball.
Have Ken Griffey Jr. and Jamal Crawford ever played one-on-one?
Speaking of Ken Griffey Jr, he spent much of his career in Seattle as a member of the Seattle Mariners. During his time in the Pacific Northwest from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, basketball legend Jamal Crawford made a name for himself at Rainer Beach High School in Seattle.
Crawford told me that in the past, the Baseball Hall of Famer showed up to a few of his high school games while he was with the Vikings.
In a recent interview with Crawford at his annual The CrawsOver Pro-Am at the University of the Pacific in Seattle, I asked the former three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year if he’s ever had the chance to play against Griffey Jr. on the basketball court.
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Crawford laced his sneakers with some of the best the NBA has had to offer, including GOATS such as the late great Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Chris Paul, Scottie Pippen, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose and more. He’s also had the opportunity to play some of those greats in his Crawsover Pro-Am since taking over for NBA great Doug Christie in the city of Seattle.
Ken Griffey Jr. will bring his father to see LeBron James and Bronny play together
Ken Griffey Jr. is a basketball fan, and earlier this year he was invited by Sports News‘ Erika Fernandez on LeBron James and Bronny James following in the footsteps of him and his dad Griffey Sr. Young Griffey shared when it happens that he wants to be there and bring his dad.
“When that happens, I will be there. I’m going to take my dad to the game. Griffey Jr said.
“We are going to the game. LeBron being a Nike guy. I’m a Nike guy. I’m going to make sure I’m there at this game. And I think it’s important that we’re all there to celebrate someone else’s success. Because that’s the thing when you play sports, you don’t celebrate yourself. You celebrate others. And that’s the beauty of sport. And we’re going to celebrate hopefully in a few years LeBron and Bronny playing together.
James responded via Twitter and shared“One of my favorite people in the world!! I love you, kid! Thank you for your love and support since the first day I stepped onto the scene.
Finally, Griffey joined the Mariners ownership group last October, according to IF.
“I am thrilled at this incredible opportunity to join (Mariners President) John (Stanton) and the rest of the Mariners Partnership Group,” Griffey said in a statement. “It’s a dream come true through the relationship I’ve always had with the team, its fans and the city of Seattle. I see this as another way to continue giving back to an organization and a community that have always been supportive of me and my family, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the success of this organization in any way I can.
According to ESPNGriffey and his family are also part of the ownership group that owns the Seattle Sounders in 2020.
Seattle drafted Griffey Jr. with the first overall pick in 1987, and he would then become a star with the Mariners for the first 11 seasons of his career.
During his 21 years in Major League Baseball, Junior would rack up accolades such as ten Gold Gloves, MVP, All-Star MVP, 13 All-Star appearances, seven Silver Slugger Awards, and three-time Home run Derby Champion. He is also seventh on the all-time home run list with 630 homers.