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Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 12:17 pm  |  19 responses

Knicks Hire Larry Johnson as Basketball and Business Operations Representative


Knicks heroes Walt Frazier, Allan Houston and John Starks already work for the franchise they once played for in different capacities, and now a new retired legend has been welcomed back into the ‘Bocker umbrella: Larry Johnson, who will be the team’s new Basketball and Business Operations Representative. Here’s more, from the team’s release: “The New York Knickerbockers announced today that Larry Johnson has been named Basketball and Business Operations Representative. ‘I consider coming back to work for a franchise that I had so much success with a great honor,’ Johnson said.  ’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.’ In this new role, Johnson will work closely with the basketball operations department, focusing on player development; the community relations department, working to support the Garden of Dreams Foundation and on fan development; and the marketing and partnership departments, with involvement in numerous business initiatives. The author of perhaps the most famous play in franchise history, ‘LJ’ converted a four-point play with :05.7 remaining en route to a 92-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden on Jun. 5, 1999. In five seasons in the Blue & Orange, Johnson, a four-time Knicks captain, averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds over 330 games from 1996 through 2001, and led the team into the playoffs each year before announcing his retirement on Oct. 10, 2001. Once acquired from the Charlotte Hornets on Jul. 14, 1996, Johnson’s reputation as being a great teammate and a player willing to sacrifice for the team’s greater-good quickly became evident to the Knicks’ faithful.”

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  • http://outlaw.com bo outlaw

    awesome, personal favorite player back with the knicks!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    LJ! one of my all-time favourites

  • Fresh Boiardee

    Met him a couple years ago at a video game event. He was the most humble, nicest, chill basketball player I’ve ever met. Real down to earth, happy he wasn’t one of those players who blew all their money… awesome opportunity.

  • jinolin

    MEEEELLLLOOOOO…

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Grandmamaaa working for the Knicks? Love it. Been a fan of son since his Charlotte days. Do ya thing, homie…

  • jedi420

    So happy for him dude always seemed real genuine and cool..

  • dan

    nice, just added some more positive culture to the organization

  • floe

    onhoops

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    This is a great move by the Knicks organization followed by a memorable Knicks win over the Bulls on Easter Sunday!!! :)

  • Larry Johnson’s Gold Tooth

    Good work LJ been wondering what you had been doing in retirement

  • jay

    i thought LJ was tired of “being a slave” to the slave owners of the NBA? LOL

  • http://Www.achtamsterdam.nl Phil

    Starks…Frazier…Houston…and now LJ. But no Ewing? Damn…., i like all of those guys, but Ewing WAS the knicks. Don’t get this.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance DFrance21

    Ewing is not coming back unless its as a head coach. He doesn’t want some front office job. I miss players like LJ. He just went out and played hard and smart basketball every game. And that sounds easy, but he had a bad back for half of his career. I’ll never forget that crazy hitch he had in his free throw shot.

  • Harlem_World

    This is long overdue and most welcomed by all true Knicks fans. LJ back where he belongs! Once we make things right with Ewing, the franchise will be back on top – karma works like that.

  • ghwd1005

    Maybe next year Phil Jackson will coach the Knicks and Patrick will be his assistant and I’ll say to myself what a wonderful world

  • dsleepy

    Great to see, but how come they can’t give him a title that gives a better description of what he’ll actually be doing?

  • jay

    Is he required to wear a suit or will he be required to wear his grandmama gear?

  • James Lowe Jr.

    Adding Larry Johnson to the Knicks organization will only make The New York Knicks a better team. That Larry Johnson is a legend serves as a very big plus for the Knicks. I remember when Larry was with the Charlotte Hornets before he came toNew Yk. I also 4you poi

  • ian

    I LOVE GRANDMA MA… JUST BECAUSE OF THIS WHEN I GET HOME I AM GOING TO DOWNLOAD THE EXACT EPISODE OF FAMILY MATTERS SO I CAN RE LIVE MY CHILD HOOD MEMORIES OF LJ…If i recall last time the nba had a lock out season LJ lead the knicks to the championship with that 4 pt play :) … I sense a repeat :) Nice move KNICKS…now bring back Pat in some sort of position and lets do this :)

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