NBA: "Where Are They Now?"
Kevin "K.J." Johnson among the fraternity of players that stayed with one team throughout the entirety of their careers. K.J. played a partial season for the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded and spending his entire career with the Phoenix Suns. This loyalty would be salutary later on in his career, but during his time playing for the Suns, he was arguably one the best point guards in the NBA. Finishing his career 7th All-Time in assists per game (9.1), and 18th in total assists (6711).
Kevin Johnson retired with the Phoenix Suns during the 1997-98 season. He returned to the Suns as Jason Kidd's replacement during the 1999-00 season for a playoff run. Phoenix lost to the Lakers in the second round. After that season Johnson retired for the final time.
"How can a poor working mother with three boys buy Nikes or Reeboks that cost $120?...She can't. So kids steal these shoes from stores and from other kids. Sometimes they kill for them."
In the wake of the Oklahoma City Thunder reaching the NBA Finals, Shawn Kemp may have been the franchise's first true marketable star. Kemp was drafted in 1989 by the Seattle Supersonics with the 17th overall pick. He was a super standout in the Indiana area, considered one the top 5 players in the nation, he lead Concordia High School to a state championship victory in his senior year.