For Kevin Johnson, life has always been about setting up the people around him to do well. During his years as one of basketball’s truly great point guards, first for the University of California Golden Bears and then later with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, few players in the game were more adept than Johnson at making their teammates better. Johnson, known simply as KJ to most people, came to the Bears and the Suns when both were suffering through hard times, and his immense talent and drive helped turn those teams into wildly successful organizations.
Now at a time when most former athletes are content to put their life into cruise control and to reap the benefits of their victories, Johnson has opted to once again throw his energy into the arena to help turn a struggling team around. This time, however, it is not about hoops and hardwood, but rather helping to return the downtrodden Oak Park community where he grew up to its former glory.
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