Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson made a name for himself as an explosive forward that led UNLV to the 1990 NCAA Championship. After taking home NCAA player of the year honors, LJ entered the NBA Draft where he would start a successful career with the Charlotte Hornets. During his Hornets days he did work winning Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Hornet to be voted as a starter for the All-Star game, and signed at the time the most lucrative contract in NBA history. After a good run in Charlotte he was dealt to the New York Knicks where he would become a leader in the locker room and on the court. LJ will forever be known in New York for his part in their East Conference Championship season and the famed ?4-point play?. After rocking Nikes as a Running Rebel, LJ signed with Converse. Converse quickly made him the face of their brand giving him his own shoe as well as a famed advertising campaign. Ditching the traditional Chuck Taylor and Weapon, the Converse Aero Jam was a loud mid-top that featured REACT Juice cushioning. The shoe was also the birth of Grandmama, a high flying, slam dunking granny played by Johnson himself. The Grandmama ads were a hit and also led to a cameo in what most regard as the best episode of ?Family Matters? ever. Converse has since re-released the Aero Jam and Steve Urkel is yet to win another 2-on-2 tournament.

Converse Aero Jam 1994-95

Converse Aero Jam Retro 2003