Larry Johnson says black people should focus on having their own team & league
A framed first issue of Slam magazine with the #1 pick of the 1991 NBA draft gracing the cover is one of my favorite items in my office memorabilia collection – which also contains a rare bottle of Grandmama Ice-T.
The reason why I’m so fond of these items is because Larry “Grandmama” Johnson was a childhood idol of mine and could do wrong in my eyes. From UNLV to Charlotte to his post back surgery days in New York when he said “We’ve got a lot of rebellious slaves on this team,” whatever words that came out from behind that gold tooth and marketable smile was cool with me…..that is until I read his response on Twitter about Donald Sterling.
It just seemed like such an ignorant statement on so many levels especially from somebody who is still employed by the Knicks as an executive. Even if you take away the black and white issue, the idea of another league (that could make a profit) is silly.
We have seen countless people, including former players, try to start up “alternative” basketball leagues in the past and those efforts died so quickly that most of us never even knew about it or when the parties involved gave up.
Do you remember late last year when former Knicks Walt Frazier, John Starks and Anthony Mason were behind a movement to start a new league called the USPA Extension Basketball League? More people know about John Starks and Anthony Mason’s Harlem Pizza Place that was opened last year than the USPA.
Then you have the countless teams in the ABA (yep, it’s still around) and local “pro leagues” that appear and disappear without ever sending a player to the NBA – a place where the players are guaranteed to get paycheck that wont bounce.
Back to LJ, one of the replies to him on Twitter was by a Jerry Cobb who said “Twitter: Ruining childhood heroes due to ignorant comments since 2006.”
I agree 100% with Jerry’s tweet, but I’m not going willing to throw my favorite Hero Hornet in that group yet. He saved himself with this photo yesterday of himself and some real heroes.
— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 27, 2014