Ex-NBA guard Craig Ehlo recalls playing days, talks about Jordan, Bryant and James

ehlo-2Former NBA guard Craig Ehlo is  famous for being on the receiving end of one of Michael Jordan’s greatest shots ever.

On Feb. 14, Ehlo spent time with the GameTime team to talk about his career chasing Jordan and the Bulls, first with Cleveland and then, with Atlanta.

Currently an assistant coach with Eastern Washington University, Ehlo also chatted on LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, and on what he described as “the golden era of basketball”.

Ehlo spoke of his former Cleveland Cavs team, noting that the team was good, with strong bench, and a good coach, however the opposing teams at the time were too strong, mentioning Detroit Pistons, and then the Chicago Bulls, which explains why Cavs never won the NBA title.

Former Cleveland guard recalled a few stories about Michael Jordan, as well as compared him to those who came after him – in particular Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.

“Michael set the bar so high, and Kobe managed to touch it, while Lebron just might go higher,” Ehlo said. “The only way I would compare them is by how many titles they’ve won.”

Among other things, Ehlo said that he’d love to come back to the NBA as a head coach, maybe with the Seattle team, if it ever comes back to the city.

“That would be a dream come true,” he said.

Ehlo added that he is glad to be a part of what he called “golden era of basketball”.

“I got lucky to play against such players as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan,” he said. “I am just happy to be a part of the NBA family.”

Ehlo played in the NBA for 13 years, for Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Seattle Supersonics.

He averaged double-figures in scoring for 5 consecutive seasons. Ehlo holds career averages of 8.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.8 apg in 24.1 minutes per game. He appeared in total of 873 NBA games, starting in 321 of them.

You can listen to the full Craig Ehlo interview to GameTime team here.


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