Former NBA LA Lakers champion spends time teaching kids

clay-johnson-lakersWhen shooting free throws, if you believe it’s going to go in, it’s going to go in – that’s advice to kids from Clay Johnson, a man who played for the 1982 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Johnson held a basketball clinic for kids at the Boys & Girls Club Bair Family Clubhouse in Billings, Montana, MTN News reported.

While conducting a clinic, Johnson recalled when the LA Lakers got interested in signing him in 1982.

“I panned the whole locker room and I was like, I can’t believe I’m on a championship team, a world championship team,” Johnson said. And I just kind of recorded that moment in my mind.”

Johnson played on head coach Pat Riley’s first championship team, along with Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jamaal Wilkes and Bob McAdoo.

Johnson said basketball lessons can help with life.

“With the clinic, the one thing I try to tell them is to learn the fundamentals of the basketball game,” Johnson said. “The fundamentals are the most important part to learn of anything in life. Once you get the fundamentals down, you’ve got the whole thing figured out.”

Today, Johnson runs the Clay Johnson Foundation, which counsels and mentors youth.

Johnson played two seasons with the LA Lakers, before ending his short NBA career with the Seattle Supersonics. He played a total of 80 NBA games, averaging 2.8 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 8.6 mpg.


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