Students at South Park Elementary School thought they saw a giant walk into their gymnasium Wednesday when the 6-foot, 11-inch Ervin Johnson made his way to the front near the basketball hoop.
“Wow! He is tall,” one little girl said as Johnson walked slowly down the aisle.
Johnson, a former NBA player who played for the Denver Nuggets in 1996, had a message even larger than his stature.
Johnson, who is a community ambassador for the Nuggets, played 13 years in the NBA.
The Nuggets obtained Johnson in 1996 to replaced departed free-agent center Dikembe Mutombo.
He averaged 7.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots that year, also leading the NBA in total defensive rebounds with 682.
Johnson played throughout his career for Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
He holds career averages of 4.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 1.3 bpg in 20.1 minutes of playing time. In total, Johnson appeared in 845 NBA games, starting in 452.
Below are videos of Johnson speaking at the school:
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