In a recent interview, Jamal Crawford talks Tupac and sneaking at the Forum to watch Lakers as a kid. During this particular game on February 2nd, 1996 the Bulls would take on the Lakers in Los Angeles. Crawford would immediately mention Tupac when asked about sneaking into the Forum.
“That was the one time I ever seen Tupac Shakur. So not only did I sneak but I was able to kind of get close enough to where the railings were, where the players walked to the locker rooms. I remember it was Suge Knight walked through and nobody said a word. It was quite.”
Jamal Crawford also recalls seeing LL Cool J backstage.
“LL Cool J walked through and everybody was screaming LL.”
Crawford said people went crazy after seeing him at the Lakers game, and many of them tried to grab him and have at least some kind of interaction with the rap superstar.
“Then Tupac goes through. He is ducking and smiling, people are trying to grab him. It was crazy.”
Suge Knight also talked about this particular game on September 19, 1996 during an interview with BET.
“After the game he would grab me and be hugging me. Man I had so much fun. Don’t you know this is the first I ever been to a basketball game.”
As the interviewer is trying to figure out when the game took place, he asks Jamal if it was on December 16, 1995. Jamal said, yes that sounds about right. The correct date for the game was on February 2nd 1996.