Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Elected Point Guard

Kevin Johnson was a fierce point guard during his 12 years in the NBA.

The guy known simply as KJ, joins Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas as the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points and 12 assists in a single season.

This is a clear indication that Kevin knows a thing or two about teamwork and working collectively to achieve a common goal.

When his playing days ended, Kevin focused his attention on giving back to others and started at the place where he grew up, Oak Park, California.

He founded a not for profit organization called St. Hope and his work in the community eventually led to a political career.

Kevin Johnson would go on to become Sacramento’s first ever African American mayor in 2008.

On the court, Kevin played the point guard position and took on the role of floor general where he essentially was an extension of the coach.

He provided leadership and stability and would call plays for his teammates that would put them in the best situations to be successful.

During an interview, the Phoenix Suns all time leader in assists provided a quick simple comparison between being a politician and a point guard in the NBA.

If you ask the lightning quick point guard, he’ll tell you that his time on the court as a player helped get him ready him for a career in politics.

He said, “My days in the NBA have certainly prepared me for what I’m doing today”

Click here to listen to the entire interview.

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