LeBron James recounts the monstrosity that was Larry Johnson
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James recently took a quick trip down memory lane. On Twitter, the 34-year-old shared an awesome highlight reel of two-time All-Star forward Larry Johnson — a mixtape that left LeBron in absolute awe of Johnson’s brute strength and physical superiority.
My Goodness!! A straight up Animal man! Grandma Ma 👵🏾 https://t.co/WxmQVCJ53s
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 15, 2019
Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small/power forward, arrived in the NBA in 1991 as the first overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. The former University of Nevada standout was a beast during his two years in college (22.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists during his sophomore year), which warranted a top overall pick once he declared for the draft.
Johnson made an instant impact in the league in his debut season, and was awarded the Rookie of the Year title in the 1991-92 season.
In the summer of 1996, after five years with the team, the Hornets traded him to the New York Knicks in exchange for Anthony Mason and Brad Lohaus. Johnson would spend another five years with the Knicks prior to calling it a career in 2001.
Johnson boasts career averages of 16.2 points (on 48.4 percent shooting), 0.5 three-pointers, 7.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks.
Due mostly to their similarities in physique, James drew some comparisons to Johnson during his early years in the NBA. Obviously, LeBron still holds Johnson in very high regard up to this very day.
Nevertheless, a lot has changed from since James was a youngster in the NBA. Now at 34 and in his 16th season, he is still widely regarded as one of the best players in the game today, and at this point, it is very hard to compare him to anybody else in the history of the sport.