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February 4, 1991 | DAN HAFNER
Kevin Johnson, the outstanding playmaker for the Phoenix Suns, is one of the hardest-working players in the NBA. The 6-foot-2 guard drives to the basket, dishes off to teammates for easy baskets, steals the ball, sinks jump shots and doesn't know what slowdown means. Johnson lifted his game just a trifle Sunday at Auburn Hills, Mich., and led the Suns to a surprisingly easy 112-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
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April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Sunday the National Basketball Players Assn. wants the NBA to bar Clippers owner Donald Sterling from playoff games the rest of this season and impose the maximum penalty allowed under league bylaws if racist remarks purportedly made by Sterling can be verified as his. Johnson, who is assisting the players union in its response to the controversy surrounding Sterling, said the players have asked for...
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November 6, 1992 | Associated Press
The Phoenix Suns on Thursday put point guard Kevin Johnson and forward Jerrod Mustaf on the injured list and waived forward Ed Nealy. Johnson is a two-time All-Star, and Mustaf appeared to be ready to a start at power forward. Both must spend at least 10 days on the injured list and will miss Saturday's opener against the Clippers. Negele Knight, who spent the last two months of last season on the injured list, will start at point guard, Coach Paul Westphal said.
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September 14, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SACRAMENTO - There is hope for the rundown downtown here, and for the hometown basketball team. The Sacramento Kings were as good as gone in January, when rich boys from Seattle put up half a billion dollars to load the team into a moving van headed north along Interstate 5. Kevin Johnson, the mayor, threw himself in front of the van. "He had no ownership group, and he had no building," NBA Commissioner David Stern said. "Other than that, he was in great shape. " In a era when sports facilities languish for years on the drawing board, and in a state where taxpayers are justifiably skeptical about contributing to venues that benefit billionaire owners, Johnson won. In May, he presented the NBA with a new ownership group, and a way for the city and the Kings to pay for a new arena at the heart of a downtown revitalization plan.
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September 16, 1990 | MARTIN McNEAL, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
Think about how you would spend your time with an annual salary of approximately $2 million and a three-month summer vacation. Since much of your nine working months is spent in tense situations, in front of adoring or booing crowds, maybe the first thing you would do is get away on a long cruise or a trip to a Caribbean or South Pacific island.
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March 17, 1991 | DAN HAFNER
The Phoenix Suns had lost only six home games all season, but Saturday they were in danger of losing at home for the second night in a row. After losing to Houston Friday night, the Suns trailed the Atlanta Hawks nearly the entire game. But Kevin Johnson came up with a little something extra in the final six minutes, and the Suns came from behind to beat Atlanta, 128-116. The Hawks, who had 29 points from Dominique Wilkins, held a 110-109 lead when Johnson took charge.
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May 26, 1989 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Exhaustion gripped Kevin Johnson quickly and unexpectedly. He sat in the visitors' locker room at halftime, having scored 18 points and helping the Phoenix Suns to a four-point lead over the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, when it hit. Suddenly, he felt spent, physically and emotionally. So, when his teammates went back onto the court for the second half, Johnson did not move. Shortly before the buzzer sounded, Johnson finally found the energy to continue playing.
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May 2, 1993 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Lakers did all the right things Friday and said all the right things Saturday, careful not to gloat after jolting the Phoenix Suns and dousing an entire city's victory celebration. The red-and-white striped tents dotting the Civic Plaza stood empty Saturday, the party pooped by the Lakers' 107-103 victory at the America West Arena.
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May 7, 1990 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Phoenix Suns, as honest as they are talented, did not pretend the shot was planned, as if someone would believe them anyway. "I wouldn't lie to you," Eddie Johnson said. "I didn't call 'bank.' " "I can't even lie to you and say, 'Yeah, I knew it was going in,' " Kevin Johnson said of his last-second, off-balance shot Sunday.
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May 12, 1990 | SAM McMANIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At his best, Kevin Johnson is little more than a blur on the court. One instant, he has the ball at the top of the key, the next, he materializes deep in the lane to pass or shoot. Defenders often are left grasping at air and calling for help.
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May 1, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - There's an emotional risk to falling in love with a local pro sports team, because it can cheat on you. It can walk out and take up with another city. An owner sees greener pastures - more dollars - and jumps the fence. Or some out-of-town billionaire buys a team as a toy to bring home - as is being attempted in Seattle with the Sacramento Kings NBA team. In California's capital, basketball fans have been living in trauma for two years as suitors in Anaheim, Virginia Beach, Va., and now Seattle have made moves on their beloved Kings.
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March 31, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The most effective politician in Sacramento? There's no question. It's the mayor. Kevin Johnson - K.J. as he became known during his pro basketball playing days - is indisputably the right mayor at the right time. It's impossible to imagine any other mayor anywhere - let alone from Sacramento - who would have such entree into the National Basketball Assn. as the city struggles to keep Seattle from pilfering its beloved Kings. Johnson recently concluded a successful whale-hunting expedition - whale being the synonym for billionaires willing to buy the team and invest in a new downtown arena.
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March 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
Kevin Johnson used a basketball analogy when discussing Sacramento's odds of keeping the Kings, saying they were like Steve Nash at the free-throw line. The implication, of course, was that the city has about a 90.4% chance of preventing the team from relocating to Seattle. For accuracy's sake, the Sacramento mayor probably should have picked a different Laker: Dwight Howard. It could easily go either way. Sacramento's chances certainly seemed to improve last week when the City Council approved a preliminary plan to help fund a new $447-million arena.
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February 22, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson , NBA Commissioner David Stern and Sacramento Kings ownership are expected to gather at All-Star weekend in Orlando, Fla., to discuss a new arena term sheet to submit to the city council March 6. In a joint news release by Johnson and Stern, the sides expressed confidence about meeting the NBA-imposed March 1 deadline for a plan to finance a new $387-million arena downtown. "Our approach makes good on the principles that have guided us throughout this process: protecting the taxpayers, creating jobs, and pursuing an open and transparent process," Johnson said in the statement.
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December 13, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night with a unanimous decision over American contender Kevin Johnson on Bern, Switzerland. The 38-year-old Ukrainian kept Johnson against the ropes for much of the fight but landed few heavy shots to hurt the 30-year-old challenger. Johnson proved a durable opponent and did his best work with counterattacking straight left jabs. Klitschko (39-2) was making his third defense of the belt he reclaimed in October last year, following a four-year break to recover from injuries.
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November 20, 2009 | By Tom Hamburger and Alexander C. Hart
When Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, was under investigation last year for alleged financial misdeeds and inappropriate behavior with female students, he had an important ally behind the scenes. Michelle Rhee, the nationally known education reformer who is now head of the Washington, D.C., public schools, had several conversations with a federal inspector general in which she made the case for Johnson and the school he ran in Sacramento, according to the inspector general.
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June 4, 2008 | Eric Bailey and Tony Perry, Times Staff Writers
In his first-ever drive for elected office, former NBA star Kevin Johnson appeared headed to victory Tuesday in the heated race to become mayor of California's capital city, but was falling short of the threshold needed to avoid a November runoff. Sacramento's mayoral race was the most bitter in decades, pitting two-term incumbent Heather Fargo against the former Phoenix Suns star. One of the Democrats had to capture more than 50% of the votes to win the seat outright.
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June 2, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
In the NBA and in life, Kevin Johnson always seemed the guy who would do the right thing. This was the kid who survived Sacramento's toughest neighborhood to study hard and set scoring records, graduating to matchups with Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. This was the man who returned to his old Oak Park neighborhood to work at restoring a place pockmarked by poverty.
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November 6, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Chawkins is a Times staff writer.
Sacramento made a former NBA star its first African American mayor and San Francisco proved it's not quite the anything-goes place that both its fans and foes depict. In San Francisco, voters Tuesday decisively turned down the chance to become the first major city in the United States with legalized prostitution. And, by a margin of 2 to 1, they thumped a plan to rename a sewage plant after George W. Bush -- a prospect that critics saw as demeaning to the city and unfair to the plant's workers.
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September 26, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Federal authorities investigating a nonprofit program run by mayoral candidate and former NBA star Kevin Johnson have suspended its funding after finding possible criminal and financial irregularities, officials announced Thursday. Johnson and his St. Hope Academy have been barred from receiving or spending federal funds for up to a year or until the ongoing investigation is concluded.
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