Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  30 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Grandmama

Man, what a monster this guy was. His dunks, celebrations,… 4-point plays were the most animated and exciting points of every game he played in. I had the privilege of meeting LJ a few months back at the E3 Expo in LA and he was the man. Very appreciative of the Cover 1 love and looked like he was in game shape. I heard he may be joining Miami along with Muggsy but don’t quote me on that. Remember when he was on Family Matters as Grandmama? Those were the days.

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This guy made cross-dressing acceptable….then Dennis Rodman took it to a whole nutha level. This guy made the undersized Powerforward position look attractive, where as Barkley just made it look. This first cover, followed by the Tim Hardaway/Sprewell issue made SLAM legit and from there on in there iS no one else.

  • newzealanderinlondon

    Haha I had that slam! Premiere issue I can still remember the way I read that thing word for word – back in the 90′s i was bout 9 when this one came out! Thanks slam – you made it all the way down to NZ from day one and basketball got me around the world!

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    Best Episode of Family Matters

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    NOTE TO SELF: The Dunk LJ does at the 1:16 mark is probably his best dunk. It highlights his ability to draw/absorb contact and extend/elevate just that little bit more…for the thunder finish.
    :) ON VLADE DIVAC no less…

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Ah yes, Larry Johnson: putting the “power” in power forward. If only his back held up… with that being said, I do sort of miss his 4-point play while he was with the Knicks. But his early years with the Hornets were the best. Oh how I miss the nineties power forwards….

  • logues

    i was waiting for this one. also, y’all are repping nba superstars 3 hardcore

  • MikeC.

    LJ was ridiculously athletic before he hurt his back. Good thing he had the work ethic and the talent to completely change his game. He went from one of the best runners and finishers to one of the best 3 point shooters and post-up players. He played with passion. No way he’d be allowed to celebrate his dunks like that now. He’d get thrown out of every game after his first dunk.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Damn, I used to always want to handle like Larry Johnson when I hooped in the driveway as a kid. Friends and I would fight over who got to dunk like Grandmama on our tiny rims. Brings back good memories…

  • jedi420

    Yup, I remember shooting hoops and working up a sweat, and then making my customary stop at Granny’s Market for a slush on the way home. I walk past the magazine section and BANG.. LJ leaning with a left hand dunk on the cover. Wow, I feel old now..

  • ab_40

    johnson bogues mourning now that was an intruiging trio. All of em were probably two or three inches too short for their position but man those guys could ball

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    React Juice!

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com brotherwithwisdom

    dude took cross dressing cool…. i guess?

  • unrel

    was one of my FIRST favorite players of all time.. UNLV to the Hornets.. i was rocking hornets gear as a kid because of this guy.. rocked #2 on my 7th grade team and wanted to be a power forward (as a 5 footer).. this dude was a beast.. strong and quick.. he had all the tools to be great.. thanks for bring me back, Slam..

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    4 point play my azz. nobody touched him. besides that tainted memory, LJ was awesome. i remember rocking a CHARLOTTE hornets jacket back in middle school. only acceptable way for a man to wear aqua and not get hurt.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The dunk they had from him on NBA Inside Stuff, the dunk contest 360 double clutch, remains one of the sickest dunks in my mind.

  • hammer

    My man LJ! Luved him as a hornet,despised him as a knick(tru bulls fan here)2 bad injuries and back problems derailed his career. I just wished that he and zo coulda put egos aside and stay 2gether in charlotte. Still remember him using his arms 2 form the L after a made bucket. Tho I hated the knicks,I actually thought that was kinda cool.I was 16 when he started doin that and I would do it 2 when I would ball. Just something 2 have fun with.

  • YpsiRickitheDragon

    Zo & GranMaMa was a nice front court to say the least.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i had major goose bumps listening to the 4point play post game interview and finding out he is muslim.

  • Jesse Dunns Ghost

    Before there was tyler Perry’s Madea…there was Granmama..lol

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    YES! YES! YES!

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  • backboard

    i love grandma, but watching the dunks in the mixtape i have to say he was a very one-dimensional dunker, actually pretty boring. Never noticed that before…..

  • barnabusb

    New York Knick LJ was HILARIOUS. He was productive, but my buddy and I used to laugh at his million-and-one pump fakes before actually shooting in the paint. At one point, I think we actually called pump fakes LJs. You guys should all just track down copies of NBA Rising Stars and NBA Superstars 3 for some old school 90′s action.

  • underdog

    Dudes didn’t want to make grandma’ angry back in the day.

  • http://www.lky.cn Darksaber

    that highlight clip is ILL (is that still acceptable lingo: ill?). No other way to edit a Larry Johnson clip than to add an aggressive hip hop track in it. And that dunk contest…ssssss.

  • http://www.lky.cn Darksaber

    Oh and still one of only 2 Slam Magazines i’ve never had or read (1 & 50). Naah, i’m not mad or anything…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Living and growing up in North Carolina all my life, this was the team we love with ZO,LJ and Bogues. To bad the team broke up and they went there separate ways. I always felt if they would have stayed together they could have done great things in the future once they got older and worked on all aspects of their game. LJ is the orginal Tyler Perry, but LJ still looks like he is uncomfortable wearing the dress, the other dude I just don’t know. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    man lj used to be the man.. loved watchin his highlights.. he could jam it with some amazing power

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  • http://www.slamonline.com JL

    come on Mr. Stern can we let the players celebrate after dunks? people used to have much more fun with the celebrations.