Howard Beck and Alan Hahn have the scoop:
Knicks announce they have hired Larry Johnson as "basketball and business operations representative."
LJ's role will focus on player development, community relations and in marketing. So
#Knicks now have Allan Houston and LJ in front office.
It seems like a fine move to me; it was just surprising because there hadn't really been any whispers about Johnson. But hey, it's not Isiah!
Alan Hahn noted this morning that Johnson could be a great influence on Amar'e coming off his back injury. During his time in Charlotte, Johnson was an athletic, powerful 4 who could out-jump and out-muscle his opponents - not unlike the younger Amar'e Stoudemire, or currently, Blake Griffin. However, after some back injuries, Johnson became the stretch 4/post-up player we saw in New York. He could teach Amar'e to still be effective with diminished athleticism and that alone would be worth the hire.
Likewise (heads up: this is my own thought), Johnson could be a good influence on Josh Harrellson. Jorts isn't super athletic, and doesn't seem like a natural center, but he could learn a thing or two about spot-up shooting and post moves from LJ.