LBS: The Grand Ma Ma character was always huge for me growing up and popular with all my friends. Do you still get love for the Grand Ma Ma character?
LJ: Absolutely, absolutely. I can be out in public and some people will remember me for my basketball, and others might remember me for the Grand Ma Ma character.
LBS: In the documentary, they talked about how Coach Tark said before the title game you lost to Duke, that he thought you guys weren’t ready for the game. Did you feel the same way?
LJ: You know what, he’s a great coach, but in that instance it was an example of him crying wolf. We heard that probably 15 times throughout the season and we probably got immune to it.
LBS: So do you think it was true, or do you think you were ready for the game?
LJ: Oh it was absolutely true. Especially in my case, it took at least a year and a half for me to watch that game. I can’t even watch it. I was just too cool out there, thinking about the NBA and just not focused enough.
Interesting thoughts from Larry Johnson, especially about the infamous loss to Duke. I think you should definitely check out the rest of the interview.