Born: March 14, 1969
If you followed basketball in the 90’s and didn’t like Larry “Grandmama” Johnson, there is a good chance you either don’t actually understand the game or you sold your soul to the devil for a pair of Shawn Kemp Reebok Kamikaze 1’s. Johnson started his NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets and played from 1991 to 2001, finishing things as a Knick. He was a 2-time All-star, earning the award first in 1993, when he averaged a double-double with over 20 points and over 10 rebounds per game. Johnson earned the moniker “Grandmama” after an extremely popular commercial series, where he dressed in a moo-moo, with a pair of Converse kicks. After the ’93 season, Grandmama inked a record setting contract, with a 12-year, 84 million deal. Unfortunately, he was soon to be plagued with nagging back problems, leading to his early departure from the NBA.
Apart from his famed commercials, he was not shy at the sight of a camera, appearing on Letterman, Family Matters, Space Jam and Eddie. As far as the camera goes, he is mostly remembered for donning that moo moo, however. Anyway, happy birthday, Grandmama, wherever you may be these days.