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Former Knick Larry Johnson feels that Charles Barkley was out of line for saying that LeBron James' decision to televise his free agency announcement was a "punk move." "Why would he say that about that youngster?" Johnson told The News. "If you want to say that LeBron should have told Cleveland before the show that he wasn't coming back, that's fine. I agree with that. "But to call him a punk, I don't understand that. I agree with the move he made. He's trying to win a championship by joining two other All-Stars. If I could have done that when I played I would have." New York Daily News
At the time, in early 1987, Johnson was angry, and his mother was heartbroken. A few years later, he realized he caught the lucky break of a lifetime. He realized it while leading the Rebels to the 1990 NCAA championship and emerging as the top player in college basketball. And even after 10 years in the NBA, his heart was still with UNLV. "It was the highlight of my career," he said. "I didn't think that at the time, because you've got all these great things ahead of you. I was drafted No. 1, and I thought I was going to the NBA to kill Michael Jordan and everybody. It didn't happen." Las Vegas Review-Journal
In December 2007, Johnson earned his Bachelor of Arts in social science studies from UNLV. He said his late mother, Dortha, always wanted him to return for his degree. "With no pro team here in Las Vegas, it was overwhelming actually. Everybody couldn't take that," he said. "You had to have a special mind to be in Vegas and be on top like that and get through. "I think I was more successful and I was more in tune with what was going on in college. In the NBA, it was more of a glamorous life. Everything was catered to you, and it's like you really made it. "It's the journey to get there, and UNLV was my journey." Las Vegas Review-Journal
New Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has ruled out the possibility of Larry Johnson joining his staff as an assistant coach. The Daily Herald's Mike McGraw reported that the former No. 1 overall pick was interested in the job, but Thibodeau, appearing on WMVP-AM 1000's "Waddle & Silvy Show" Friday morning, said the search is still on for Pete Myers replacement. "(Johnson) was interested but, at this point, I don't think it's a possibility any longer," Thibodeau said. Chicago Tribune
A familiar name has surfaced in the Bulls’ search for a new assistant coach. Larry Johnson, the former No. 1 overall draft pick, is interested in the job and visited the team recently. Johnson has a history with new Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Johnson played for the New York Knicks from 1996-2001, while Thibodeau was on the coaching staff working under Jeff Van Gundy. Since retiring in 2001, Johnson has not held any formal coaching jobs. Another top candidate for the Bulls' spot is long-time NBA point guard Terry Porter. He’s been sitting at home since being fired as head coach of the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 16, 2009, less than a year into his tenure. Porter, a Milwaukee native, also served as head coach of the Bucks from 2003-05. Arlington Heights Daily Herald
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