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Early in his career, Crawford accumulated a six-figure gambling debt over two nights shooting craps, according to an account by The Undefeated’s Mike Wise. The guard was then forced to give up his Mercedes Benz S Class in order to help square up, Crawford said. “It was like air money. But it was money I was going to have to pay somehow eventually,” Crawford said. “It was just this feeling of, man, you think you made it and then you go back to your old ways and do something that completely undermines yourself. Honestly, everybody just wanted to be around Michael most of the time and he was doing his thing. I don’t hold anybody responsible but me.” The “Michael” Crawford is referring to is Michael Jordan.
“I just think it’s my path,” James said. “All the other greats and things that they’ve been through, I don’t think M.J. ever had a Game 7 in the Finals. And people say well he was able to close it out early. They act like he just did it all on his own and things of that nature. They forget the shot by [John] Paxson on the left wing. You want to know the crazy thing? In that game, in that particular game in Phoenix, M.J. didn’t even have the ball in his hands. [Scottie] Pippen brought the ball up, [Charles] Barkley went for the steal, Pippen threw it down to Horace Grant and … because Barkley went for the gamble, they rotated to Horace Grant and Horace Grant threw it to Paxson. M.J. had nothing to do with that play. “It’s just my path,” James continued. “It’s who I am. I take the hard way. Just don’t give me a 3-0 deficit.”
Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, a grill-focused restaurant with an assortment of steaks, is headed to Oak Brook. The restaurant is aiming for a summer 2017 opening at the Oak Brook 22 (1225 W. 22d St., Oak Brook), a redeveloping office tower facing Oakbrook Center mall. Operated by Cornerstone Restaurant Group, which oversees all Jordan-brand restaurants, including Michael Jordan’s Steak House in the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, the restaurant will feature an American menu and a beverage program highlighted by wines on tap, craft beers and cocktails.
While some of Jordan’s peers from his era have come out and criticized the way today’s game, namely NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley, Jordan seems to believe that the fact that traditional big men aren’t relied upon as heavily as they once were has changed the game for the better.