|Height||6 ft 1 in (1. Point guard ( PG) also called the one or " the ball-handler " is one of the standard positions in a regulation Basketball game A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit Inches redirects here To see the Les Savy Fav album see Inches. 85 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|Born||March 4, 1966 |
|Draft||7th overall, 1987|
|Former teams||Cleveland Cavaliers (1987–1988)|
Phoenix Suns (1988–1998, 2000)
|Awards||1989 NBA Most Improved Player|
|Competitor for United States|
|Gold||1994 Canada||National team|
Kevin Maurice Johnson (born March 4, 1966) is a retired American basketball point guard who played for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns. The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass Events 51 - Nero, later to become Roman Emperor, is given the title Princeps iuventutis (head of the youth Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Sacramento Charter High School is an independent public charter high school located in the Alhambra Triangle adjacent to the Oak Park neighborhood in Sacramento California. The University of California Berkeley (also referred to as Cal, Berkeley and UC Berkeley) is a major research university located in Berkeley The 1987 NBA Draft took place on 22 June 1987 in New York City, New York. The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional Basketball team based in Cleveland Ohio. The Phoenix Suns are a professional Basketball team based in Phoenix Arizona. The 1988–89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. The National Basketball Association's Most Improved Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA award given since the 1985–86 NBA season, to The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The 1994 FIBA World Championship was an international Basketball competition hosted by Canada from August 4 to August 14, 1994. The United States men's national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international men's Basketball. Events 51 - Nero, later to become Roman Emperor, is given the title Princeps iuventutis (head of the youth Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Point guard ( PG) also called the one or " the ball-handler " is one of the standard positions in a regulation Basketball game The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional Basketball team based in Cleveland Ohio. The Phoenix Suns are a professional Basketball team based in Phoenix Arizona. He is currently running for mayor in his hometown of Sacramento, California. A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning "greater" is a modern title used in many countries for the highest ranking officer in a municipal government If elected he will be Sacramento's first African American mayor.
Johnson was born and raised in Sacramento. He attended Sacramento High School where he starred in both basketball and baseball all four years, leading the state in scoring as a senior (32. Sacramento Charter High School is an independent public charter high school located in the Alhambra Triangle adjacent to the Oak Park neighborhood in Sacramento California. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each 5 ppg).
He played basketball exclusively at the collegiate level while attending the University of California, Berkeley. The University of California Berkeley (also referred to as Cal, Berkeley and UC Berkeley) is a major research university located in Berkeley He starred for four seasons, ending his career in 1987 as the school's all-time leader in assists, steals, and scoring (since eclipsed by Lamond Murray). Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) Lamond Maurice Murray ( April 20 1973 in Pasadena California, U He was also the first player in the Pac-10 Conference to post a triple-double and was named to the Pac-10's all-conference First Team in both his junior and senior seasons, averaging 17. The Pacific-10 Conference ( Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. 2 points and 5. 0 assists in his final campaign. His number 11 is retired. Originally drafted in 1986 to play professional baseball with the Oakland Athletics as a shortstop, Johnson spent his collegiate summers with the A's' minor-league team in Modesto, but after being advised by a scout that his future was in basketball, Johnson never looked back, and was the seventh selection overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 1987-88 season in the 1987 NBA Draft. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: New York Mets over Boston Red Sox (4-3 Ray Knight, MVP The Oakland Athletics are a professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and Third base. The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional Basketball team based in Cleveland Ohio. The 1987–88 NBA season was the 42nd season of the National Basketball Association. The 1987 NBA Draft took place on 22 June 1987 in New York City, New York.
Originally drafted to challenge incumbent point guard Mark Price for the starting spot, Johnson found himself on the bench as Price's backup, as Price stepped up his game significantly in training camp and convincingly won the starting job. William Mark Price (born February 15 1964 in Bartlesville Oklahoma) is a retired American Basketball player who played for 12 On February 28, 1988, Johnson (along with teammates Mark West and Tyrone Corbin) was traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Larry Nance, Mike Sanders and a future draft pick. Events 202 BC - coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty 's rule Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) Mark Andre West (born November 5 1960 in Petersburg Virginia) is a retired American professional Basketball player Tyrone Kennedy Corbin (born December 31 1962 in Columbia South Carolina) is a retired American Basketball player who played The Phoenix Suns are a professional Basketball team based in Phoenix Arizona. Larry Donnell Nance (born February 12, 1959 in Anderson, South Carolina) is a retired American professional Basketball Phoenix also received a draft pick in the trade that was used the next season to select Suns' stalwart Dan Majerle. Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname 'mɑrliː born September 9, 1965) is an American former professional Basketball player and currently an assistant Adjusting rapidly to the change of scenery and much-increased playing time, Johnson excelled, and was named NBA Rookie of the Month in April 1988, averaging 15. 1 points, 10. 6 assists, 5. 6 rebounds, and an . 864 free throw percentage for the month.
That next year in his first full season with Phoenix, Johnson emerged, averaging 20. 4 points and 12. 2 assists to win the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. The National Basketball Association's Most Improved Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA award given since the 1985–86 NBA season, to It was also the first of three straight seasons in which he averaged at least 20. 0 points and 10. 0 assists, joining Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas as the only players in league history to accomplish that feat. From 1989 to 1991 he was selected to the All-NBA Second Team, earning Third Team honors in 1992 and Second Team honors again in 1994. KJ also was selected to the NBA All-Star Team in 1990, 1991, and 1994 and made the playoffs every year of his career after his rookie season. In the 1991 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, K. J. wore #41 instead of his familiar #7. Announcers Bob Costas and Mike Fratello speculated it was to honor teammate Mark West who was not picked to participate in the 40th All-Star Game, despite his valuable contributions on the boards and in the trenches for the Suns on a nightly basis. Robert Quinlan "Bob" Costas (born March 22, 1952) is a Sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s
The 1992-93 Suns, led by Johnson (despite having missed 31 regular season games due to injury and two after being suspended because of a brawl in a game vs. The 1992–93 NBA season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. the New York Knicks) and Charles Barkley, posted an NBA-best 62-20 record. Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20 1963 is an American retired professional Basketball player Narrowly escaping first round elimination versus the Los Angeles Lakers, the Barkley-led Suns managed to make it to the NBA Finals, where they eventually fell to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in six games en route to the Bulls' third consecutive title. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA team based in Los Angeles, California. The 1993 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1992-93 NBA season, featuring the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan and the Phoenix Suns, winners Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17 1963 is a retired American professional Basketball player and active businessman The Chicago Bulls are an American professional Basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern KJ, having only played in 49 regular season games that year, still averaged 17. 8 points and 7. 9 assists in the playoffs and established an NBA record for Finals minutes played by logging 62 minutes in Game 3 (a 129-121 triple OT victory) vs. the Bulls. In 1995, the injury-prone KJ was again slowed by injuries but returned to form for the post-season, averaging 24. 8 points, 9. 3 assists, and a . 573 field goal percentage in 10 games, including a 46-point, 10-assist effort in a 115-114 Game Seven loss of the Western Conference Semifinals to the eventual champion Houston Rockets. The Houston Rockets are an American professional Basketball team based in Houston Texas. In Game Four of the previous year's series with eventual champion Houston, in front of a capacity crowd in Phoenix, Johnson completed a spectacular dunk over Rockets' Hakeem Olajuwon driving the baseline and rising above the 7'0" center to throw it down with authority. Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born on January 21 1963 is a retired Nigerian American professional Basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA The shot became an oft-played highlight for that playoff series and for the ages and was part of a second consecutive 38-point, 12-assist effort by the point guard.
In addition to his NBA efforts with the Suns, Johnson also lent his talents to the US national team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, reuniting with old teammate and rival Mark Price to win the gold medal. The United States men's national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international men's Basketball. The 1994 FIBA World Championship was an international Basketball competition hosted by Canada from August 4 to August 14, 1994. 
Johnson retired after the 1997-98 season, but returned briefly during the 1999-2000 campaign to replace the injured Jason Kidd during the playoff run. The 1997–98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23 1973 is an American professional Basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. The 2000 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 1999-2000 season. Johnson helped the Suns win their first playoff series in five years (and their only series victory between 1995 and 2005). But after Phoenix fell in the second round to Los Angeles, he retired for the second and final time. After his second retirement, Johnson spent one season (2000-01) as a studio commentator for The NBA on NBC. The 2000–01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. The NBA on NBC was a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on the National Broadcasting Company television network from
In Phoenix, as president and CEO of The Kevin Johnson Corporation, Johnson oversees the operations of several subsidiary organizations specializing in real estate development and management, sports management, and business acquisition. A chief executive officer ( CEO) or chief executive is typically the highest-ranking corporate officer ( executive) or administrator A subsidiary, in business matters is an entity that is controlled by a bigger and more powerful entity A key component of The Kevin Johnson Corporation includes appearances and public speaking engagements for corporations, academic institutions, and community organizations. Johnson founded the St. Hope Academy in 1989 and served as its CEO until January 2008. St. HOPE is a nonprofit community development corporation whose mission is to revitalize communities through public education, civic leadership, economic development and the arts.
Johnson is a 2000 graduate of the Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute, a program that prepares students for work in faith-based urban economic revitalization. Harvard Divinity School is one of the constituent schools of Harvard University, located in Cambridge Massachusetts, in the United States. He also has a B. A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley that he completed after his initial retirement from the NBA.
During the summer of 1995, a 16 year old girl alleged that Johnson had fondled her. Johnson does not strongly deny the accusation that he took a shower with the girl when confronted by her with that accusation during a phone conversation recorded by Phoenix police.  The Sacramento Bee stated that they had received a copy of a proposed settlement agreement, under which Johnson would have paid the girl's family $230,000.  After conducting an investigation, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office declined to prosecute, on the grounds that there was not a reasonable likelihood of conviction. 
On April 16, 2008, rival mayoral candidate Leonard Padilla distributed a 2007 report of similar allegations made against Johnson at St. HOPE Sacramento High School. The allegations were investigated by local police, but no charges were filed, and the alleged victim recanted her story.  On April 29, 2008, a group of female civic leaders including former Sacramento Mayor Ann Rudin, Sacramento Municipal Utility District board member Genevieve Shiroma, and former State Senator Deborah Ortiz demanded the release of the police report on the matter.  The teacher to whom the student initially brought the complaint subsequently resigned over the incident, claiming, "St. HOPE sought to intimidate the student through an illegal interrogation and even had the audacity to ask me to change my story. " Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel responded, saying ""I think the allegations at the school were handled in the way that you would want them handled. Immediately they followed all the normal protocols that they were supposed to follow. I think it was pretty clear there was nothing there. . . We did ask the young lady whether anyone had influenced her – her answer was no. " The Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness said on May 30th, 2008, that Johnson’s actions, though ill-advised, were not illegal. 
An investigation by AmeriCorps, a federal agency which has funded St. HOPE projects, is underway. Investigators are looking into accusations that Johnson made sexual advances toward two Hood Corps volunteers (one of whom was a minor at the time), that he violated program guidelines by requiring employees to participate in religious services and mandatory "Boot Camp" style fitness training, and that he required employees to campaign for Sacramento City School Board candidates. 
On 5 March 2008, Johnson announced he would run for mayor of Sacramento, his hometown, challenging incumbent Heather Fargo. Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common This is a list of mayors of Sacramento California. Mayors of Sacramento California YearMayor Heather Fargo (born December 12, 1952, in Oakland California) has been Mayor of Sacramento California since 2001  Election day is 3 June 2008. Events 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the nonpartisan election, there will be a runoff. In Political science, nonpartisan denotes an Election, event or organization in which the participants declare or do not formally have a Political party The two-round system (also known as the second ballot or runoff voting) is a Voting system used to elect a single winner
Kevin has garnered the endorsement of the Sacramento Police Officers Association (SPOA) the Sacramento Builders' Exchange, the Chamber of Commerce, Realtors' Association and Labor Council, among others.  Johnson has also been endorsed by Sacramento Vice Mayor Steve Cohn, Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy, and former Mayor Jimmie Yee. 
On June 4, 2008, Kevin Johnson, who led by 8 percentage points, forced a runoff election for mayor versus the 2-term incumbent. Events 781 BC - The first historic Solar eclipse is recorded in China. 374 of 378 precincts were reported, and Johnson was ahead of Mayor Heather Fargo 47% to 40%. Heather Fargo (born December 12, 1952, in Oakland California) has been Mayor of Sacramento California since 2001 5 other candidates split the rest of the vote.  The candidates needed more than 50% to win the election.  Johnson, by late May, loaned his campaign $ 500,000 and raised $ 490,000, while Fargo raised $ 340,000 despite having started fundraising in 2005. 
|Name||Percentage of the Vote|
|Kevin Johnson||46. 58%|
|Heather Fargo||39. 65%|
|Leonard Padilla||5. 83%|
|Shawn D. Eldredge||3. 44%|
|Muriel Strand||2. 79%|
Johnson and Fargo will proceed to a runoff election in November.