Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 10:45 am  |  29 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Mayor KJ

Kevin Johnson was the Steve Francis of the early 90s. A high-flying guard who could throw down with the best of them and kill you off the dribble. After being drafted by Cleveland in 1987 and losing the starting job to Mark Price, he was traded to Phoenix where he became a 3x NBA All Star and a regular on the highlight reel. I know ya’ll remember this one on Hot Rod Williams and that one on Hakeem the Dream…. BOOM!

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  • Gav

    then years later he and hot rod were on the same team. I still think his dunk over hakeem going baseline was greater than mostly all

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooo

    I think he was better than Steve Francis. Steve only made the ASG getting voted in by the fans. I pretty sure K.J had the respect of the coaches which is much harder to earn.

  • twinparadox

    Dude wanted a piggy back ride

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    The Steve Francis line sells KJ short.
    In other versions of this vid you can actually read his lips: “Let go my leg!”

  • rob stewart

    KJ was sooooo underated

  • vtrobot

    KJ was a big part of the best Finals in recent history. Thanks, Mr. Mayor.

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

    yeah I want to have the ’92-’93 finals on DVD; the Paxson 3, the huge Jordan game, the triple OT game…. awesome

  • Overtime

    way, way,way wayyy better than Stevie Franchise, KJ was really very underated

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  • vtrobot

    @ Gerard: I also want to rewatch that whole POR/LAL series from 2000. Fans need to be able to have access to view an entire series.

  • SpaceJam

    He was one of the only pg to avg 20/10 in back to back seasons. Very underated.

  • geof

    His dunk on Hakeem was better.

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

    @vtrobot: you might find it somewhere, a crappy download or something. But I agree, the NBA could make some money selling DVD’s of series like that on NBA.com. I would definitely be interested.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Also thought it would be a good idea to release all-star games on dvd.. Have the other events (dunk contest, 3 point shoot out) as special features..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Oh, and KJ was pretty much awesome.. His jersey was impossible to find back then, when my mom went on a business trip to Phoenix, I had her bring me back a purple one..

  • http://slamonline.com Schneezy

    by popular demand, the Hakeem facial has been added. better?

  • Tommy Patron

    KJ/Tom Chambers pick and roll was ill.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Loving these trips down memory lane, but godda ask- Whats up with these nicknames??? Mayor KJ?? Scottie boy??? whats next, president T.Hardaway?? Navy boy Robinson??

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    love these FOTS’. keep them coming schneezy. but yea, looking at KJ dunk on the big guys, it sucks for them cause he’s so short so he has to jump really close to the rim, leaving not much room for the blocker to jump without hitting the rim. still dope to watch though, and man, hakeem got him back hard the next time

  • http://slamonline.com Schneezy

    @BossTerry… i dunno dude. just what pops into my skull. can’t please errrbody.

  • Robb

    KJ was very underrated no question about that

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    No disrespect, your doing a great job!


    Thats my Mayor!! One of sac towns finest ballers!

  • Scottie Pimpin

    kevin johnson over the dream…should be in the top 10 easily.

  • Martey

    KJ was so underrated. His dribble wasn’t flashy but he was so consistent. If I recall his turnover ratio was real low and that first step was the quickest in the league, he gets into that key quick. Plus the hops. Man glad to see he made something out of himself afterwards.

  • Toni Kukoc

    Deron Williams (Jazz) = Kevin Johnson
    but the firts one get his recognition, although still not enough!

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