HoopsHype Larry Johnson rumors

April 28, 2014 Updates

Knicks executive and former player Larry Johnson had a decidedly different but still strong reaction to the racially insensitive remarks Clippers owner Donald Sterling is alleged to have made. On Saturday night, Johnson tweeted: “Black people your Focusing on the wrong thing. We should be focusing on having our own, Own team own League! To For Self!!’’ New York Post

September 8, 2013 Updates
July 14, 2013 Updates

Johnson said the Knicks would love to add a banger-type big man. They likely will re-sign Kenyon Martin, but he was no help against the Pacers. The Knicks have been told by agent David Falk that Elton Brand won’t be signing with them. “We were exposed needing a big man,’’ Johnson said. “[Roy] Hibbert just destroyed us. We didn’t have anyone to deal with David West. Once we went small-ball, David West had his way. We need a rebounding, big man rather than putting all the emphasis on Tyson [Chandler] all the time. We needed another big [in that series]. If Amar’e [Stoudemire] was 100 percent healthy, that would have helped a whole bunch.’’ New York Post

June 17, 2013 Updates

Ryan Blake, the senior director of NBA scouting operations, offers his take on UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett for the Orlando Sentinel: “It would’ve been nice to see him this summer, but the good thing from his standpoint is he got that surgery on the rotator cuff so he can be ready. It wasn’t on his shooting arm. “He’s one of the most versatile players around. He’s a guy that can play in the post. He can play a little bit on the wing. In college, at 6-8, 240 he was able to play two positions because he has that versatility. He shoots 38 percent from behind the arc. Although he takes 25 percent of his shots from deep, he had to play in the post. The question is if he’s going to be able to guard small forwards. . . . But he’s so versatile. He can rebound. He can block shots. He can pass the ball as well. He can be one of the better players in a few years that comes out of this draft because of that. “A lot of people ask, ‘Does he remind you in a way of Larry Johnson?’ Yes, in a way, he does. Not just because he’s from UNLV. Because he has that versatility as a big man. Orlando Sentinel

April 30, 2013 Updates
April 9, 2012 Updates

LJ, in his first basketball job since retirement, will work in player development, community relations and marketing for the Knicks. Stoudemire, who has a bulging disk that could require offseason surgery, is out indefinitely. “What I would like to do is I’d like to talk to Amar’e and hear his symptoms,’’ Johnson said. “No question, everybody knows my back was the main reason I retired. Amar’e is a little different than me. His body is different than mine. “I had to keep the weight off. I was a country boy from Texas and I love eating. I had to keep the weight off and that really gets your back, but Amare is a big, tall guy. I’d love to sit and talk to him, hear his symptoms and see what he’s going through.’’ New York Post

April 8, 2012 Updates

Former Knicks forward Larry Johnson has become the latest alum to land a job with the team. The two-time All-Star was named a basketball and business operations representative, a role that will allow him to work in several different capacities ranging from player development, community relations, the Garden of Dreams foundation, fan development, marketing as well as several business initiatives. “I consider coming back to work for a franchise that I had so much success with a great honor,” Johnson said in an official statement. “As I move onto the next phase of my career, I have been given an opportunity to touch so many different areas of the organization – helping develop young players, connecting with the community and actively involving myself in the business of basketball. I couldn’t be more excited to get going and learn as much as I can.” Newark Star-Ledger

June 24, 2011 Updates

Former UNLV star Larry Johnson, 42, is a pitchman again. He is hawking Grandmama Sweet Southern Tea for his company, Hall of Fame Beverages. Johnson also said he’d love to return to Vegas to coach his alma mater. It’s like the ’90s all over again. You probably never imagined Larry Johnson enjoying a nice cold glass of iced tea, much less selling the product. But apparently Johnson’s trademark gold tooth is also a sweet tooth. According to Hall of Fame Beverages’ website, the tea is inspired by sweet tea from Johnson’s childhood in Texas. “This line of flavored teas is currently in development and will come in sweetened natural flavors reminiscent of the cool refreshment from hot summer afternoons sitting on the porch at Grandmama’s house,” the description on the site reads. Lost Lettermen

These days, he does some promotional work with the Knicks but has turned down opportunities to be an assistant coach. Tom Thibodeau recruited him for his Chicago Bulls staff. “I had to tell (Thibodeau) that my heart wouldn’t be in it, and he said he wanted me because of my passion and my heart,” Johnson told Larry Brown Sports. Lost Lettermen

But now, Johnson – who lives in Dallas – told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he would be interested in coaching at UNLV, which recently hired Johnson’s former teammate Dave Rice to replace Lon Kruger. “I would love to do it,” Johnson told the newspaper in April, speaking of the head job before Rice’s hire. “This situation is just like ideal. It’s close to my heart. If they hire me, we would get back to being the Runnin’ Rebels.” Lost Lettermen

Augmon, Johnson’s aforementioned running mate, has been hired as an assistant at UNLV, possibly opening the door Johnson’s hire at some point in the future. The Rebels’ staff currently is full. For now, Johnson will have to sit back and sip on some sweet tea until the time is right. Lost Lettermen

April 3, 2011 Updates

Two former UNLV basketball players, Dave Rice and Reggie Theus, are candidates to be the program's next coach. Larry Johnson wants his name added to the short list. Johnson discussed the idea with former Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian on Saturday and decided to promote his interest in the position. "I would love to do it," Johnson said. "This situation is just like ideal. It's close to my heart. If they hire me, we would get back to being the Runnin' Rebels." Las Vegas Review-Journal

Johnson, 42, wants to shoot down the notion his lack of coaching experience is a negative. "Of course, I don't think so, but that seems to be the talk. If that's what it is, I understand. But to me, it wouldn't be no problem at all," he said. "You recruit and get some good people around you." Las Vegas Review-Journal

March 10, 2011 Updates

Forget all those long-term plans of acquiring a superstar point guard to complement Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, and ignore the simple goal of ending that six-year playoff drought. Larry Johnson, who played five years in New York from 1996-2001, thinks this year's Knick team should shoot higher. Johnson believes Mike D'Antoni's squad could replicate what the Knicks did in the strike-shortened 1999 season, when the team upended three straight higher- seeded opponents and became the first eighth seed in the NBA Finals. "Absolutely," Johnson, 41, told the Daily News. "I think they can do it." New York Daily News

October 15, 2010 Updates

What do you remember from doing that commercial? Larry Johnson: When I signed with Converse out of college, they told me we were going to do a commercial with me, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. They said they would have me on a gurney sleeping and covered up so you don’t see me. Larry Bird was on one side and Magic Johnson was on the other. They were doctors. They were creating the best basketball player. So then they say we have to name it. Larry Bird was going to say, “His name should be Larry,” and Magic was going to say, “His name should be Johnson.” Then they would go back and forth saying “Larry” and “Johnson.” Then I would raise up. So then I signed with them. Then they come back two months later after I spent the money and bought my mom a house, and they say, “We’ve got another idea. We want to put you in a dress.” That was Grandmama. [Laughs] SLAM

August 19, 2010 Updates

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

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