Larry Johnson, as previously noted (and noted, and noted and so on), grew up a Redskins fan and still maintains rooting ties to old neighborhood. So it’s kind of fortunate for him that he’s moved back in time to for the arrivals of Stephen Strasburg and whomever the Wizards take with the first pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
The only Redskins player I’ve talked to about the NBA Draft was Jeremy Jarmon, a Kentucky guy, and he predictably suggested that they should draft John Wall, the star point guard from Kentucky. But Larry Johnson approaches it from the other side, as a D.C. sports fan, so I asked his opinion as well.
“I think it’s gonna be Wall,” he told me. “I hope so. It would go well with the momentum and the feeling and the mood of trying to pick the organization up to move on to better things. I think that’s the best pick.”
And would you go check out a game?
“Definitely,” Johnson said. “I’m gonna get me some courtside seats, if I can get some. I wanna start going to the basketball games. That’s one thing I didn’t have being in Cincinnati or Kansas City, was any NBA teams. But I like being able to go to basketball games. In KC, I used to go to a Division II or III school for basketball games. I’d sit courtside for that and have fun. I like that. I’m looking forward to supporting the other teams in this area.”
Johnson, to his credit, realizes what an interesting time it is to be a fan of D.C. sports. “I think it’s exciting,” he said. “This year’s exciting for D.C. in general, whether you’re a Redskins or a Wizards fan. The basketball team was just so down for a couple of years, and it makes you feel good when you have young talent coming in like that, like Wall.”
And how do the Redskins fit into that?
“With Donovan and all the guys that we’re bringing in here,” Johnson said, “it feels like an excitement’s in the air for when the season comes back around.”
For even more on Larry Johnson, check out Homer McFanboy’s interview with him.
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