Larry ‘Grandmama’ Johnson was hired by the Knicks as a basketball and business operations representative on April 8, and today the former NBA star found himself in the Allstate Studio.
Johnson joined Boomer & Craig the morning after the Knicks not only went down 2-0 to the Heat, but face the prospect of moving on without the services of Amar’e Stoudemire, who unleashed a vicious left-hand on a fire extinguisher while making his way to the locker room following the game.
Johnson talked about Stoudmire’s lapse of judgment and what it might man to the Knicks moving forward. Johnson called the incident ‘unfortunate’ and thought Craig was being a little too harsh in his assessment of the Knicks’ struggling big man. Lookin forward to Game 3 – which will be Thursday night at MSG – Johnson says plain and simple, the Knicks have to guard, because it’s not likely this Heat team will letdown.
LJ also displayed some quick wit when Boomer took a shot at some of the gray hairs present on his head. Johnson responded by asking Boomer if he played linebacker in the NFL, referring to the Blonde Bomber’s ever-increasing waist line.
The guys also took a little trip down memory lane, asking Johnson about his playing days – which were cut short by chronic back problems – his feud with Alonzo Mourning and what kind of relationship the two have these days. Speaking of Alonzo, Johnson spoke highly of his former head coach with the Knicks, Jeff Van Gundy – who once attached himself to the 6’10’ Mourning’s leg in an attempt to break up a fight between Johnson & Mourning – saying Van Gundy is his guy and would get in a foxhole with him any day.
Before saying goodbye, the guys of course asked him ‘what he is benchin’ these days’ and Craig filled Johnson in on his unparalleled legacy in the video game, ‘NBA Jams’…
LISTEN: Larry Johnson Stops By To Talk About The Knicks (05/01)