Ex-player Eddie Johnson recalls his strange NBA teammates


eddie-johnson-courtsideFormer NBA player Eddie Johnson, who played for Kansas City Kings (Sacramento Kings), Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets during his NBA career, has a lot of interesting stories to tell.

Recently, he recalled several of his former teammates that led a rather lavish lifestyle, while playing in the NBA.

“I had a teammate in Seattle – not going to say his name – but he always liked copying the other players’ cars,” Johnson recalled, according to USA Today. “If you showed up with a car, guess what, the next day he had that car.”

Johnson adds that the problem was that this teammate of his only had a 2-car garage, and soon he ended up with six cars in total.

“Then I had a teammate who had a Bentley,” Johnson recalled. “I would never buy a Bentley myself, but it was nice. About a month later, this guy showed up with another Bentley that was black.

Johnson recalled asking about the whole thing, and the guy replied “Silver Bentley is for week days and black is for weekends.”

“And then I had a teammate, who called me one day, and said – Eddie, I got some new suits here, but don’t want them anymore, the style has changed and I just don’t want them anymore. Come take a look at them,” Johnson said.

“I ran there as quickly as he could blink his eyes, because I am always up for a bargain,” Johnson noted.

When Johnson got there he offered his teammate $300 for a suit, knowing that each of those suits cost from $2000 t0 $2500. His teammate agreed.

“I couldn’t write that check fast enough,” Johnson said. “And guess what, I still have those suits, 10 years later.”

Johnson, who won the 6th Man of the Year award in 1988-98, played for Kansas City Kings (Sacramento Kings), Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets during his NBA career.

He played a total of 1199 NBA games (started 479), scoring over 19,000 points and nearly 5000 rebounds. Johnson averaged double figures in 12 of his 17 seasons, reaching carer high 22.9 ppg in 1984-85. Johnson holds career averages of 16 ppg, 4 rpg in 27.2 mpg.


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