Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Knicks Hired Larry Johnson...?

Larry Johnson, who donned a Knicks uniform for a few years and was part of a celebrated run to the Finals in 1999 (including perhaps the most famous shot in Knicks history), has been hired by the Knicks. The ellipsis-question mark duo in the title regards the surprising nature of the move. I haven't seen much about Larry Johnson this season. He sometimes attends games, but this move sort of seems out of the blue.

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.

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