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November 14, 1987 | DAN HAFNER
Many observers believe that Vinnie Johnson, backup guard of the Detroit Pistons, is the best shooter in the National Basketball Assn. Although many players post better shooting percentages, there is nobody who can come off the bench and spark a rally any better. Friday night at Philadelphia, Johnson entered the game in the second period with the Pistons trailing the 76ers, 36-30. Johnson scored 16 points in a 25-17 rally that put the Pistons in front to stay.
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December 30, 1993 | ALLAN MALAMUD
USC did not spend the season pointing toward a second consecutive Freedom Bowl appearance. . . . But those closest to the Trojans believe they are much better prepared to play Utah tonight at Anaheim Stadium than they were last December against Fresno State. . . . They are aware that they can't simply go through the motions against a Western Athletic Conference also-ran, something that has made John Robinson's psych job easier than Larry Smith's. . . .
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June 8, 1988 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
When Vinnie Johnson was growing up, he lived in a bad neighborhood. From the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Johnson would often ride his bicycle 60 miles round trip to find a pickup basketball game. These were not just mean streets Johnson traveled, they were downright nasty. "There was a lot of bad around me," Johnson said. So Johnson took the necessary precautions.
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December 13, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Detroit Piston guard Vinnie Johnson signed with the San Antonio Spurs, saying his recent knee surgery was a success and he is back in playing condition. Johnson, 35, a 12-year NBA veteran, played for Detroit 10 seasons, including two NBA championship years, until he was waived in September. He underwent surgery Oct. 9 to remove cartilage in his left knee.
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June 8, 1988 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
Without lifting so much as a single finger in anger, the Detroit Pistons drew first blood in the National Basketball Assn. finals Tuesday night, when for the first time in memory, a Forum crowd stuck around longer than the Lakers did. The rush to the limousines didn't begin until midway through the fourth quarter, a show of admirable restraint, inasmuch as the Lakers called it a night in the last three seconds of the first half.
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November 19, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Boston Celtics gave Vinnie Johnson a tryout.
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October 20, 1990
Detroit guard Vinnie Johnson agreed to contract terms with the two-time NBA champions after holding out for $3.2 million for two years. Details were not disclosed.
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January 18, 1991 | Associated Press
Joe Dumars made six free throws in the final 1:27 of overtime Thursday night, leading Detroit past the Houston Rockets, 97-91, and extending the Pistons' winning streak to 11 games. Vinnie Johnson led the Pistons with 18 points, followed by James Edwards with 17.
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October 9, 1989 | From Times wire services
Detroit Pistons guard Vinnie Johnson will be sidelined for 10 to 14 days with a broken rib. Johnson was injured when he tripped over a charging John Salley in Friday's practice at the University of Windsor across the Detroit River from Detroit. He was held out of Saturday's scrimmage, and X-rays Saturday night revealed a fractured left rib. "I just remember landing on Salley's foot and the pain being very severe from the very beginning," Johnson said Sunday. "I can't raise my left arm at all.
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September 5, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Vinnie Johnson, nicknamed "Microwave" for his ability to come off the bench hot, was waived by the Detroit Pistons Wednesday to get them under the NBA salary cap. Johnson's jump shot in Game 5 of the 1990 NBA finals gave the Pistons a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and their second consecutive title. Johnson, 35, is Detroit's fifth-leading scorer with 10,146 points. Other NBA teams have 48 hours to claim Johnson but would have to pay his $1.5-million salary.
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September 5, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Vinnie Johnson, nicknamed "Microwave" for his ability to come off the bench hot, was waived by the Detroit Pistons Wednesday to get them under the NBA salary cap. Johnson's jump shot in Game 5 of the 1990 NBA finals gave the Pistons a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and their second consecutive title. Johnson, 35, is Detroit's fifth-leading scorer with 10,146 points. Other NBA teams have 48 hours to claim Johnson but would have to pay his $1.5-million salary.
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January 18, 1991 | Associated Press
Joe Dumars made six free throws in the final 1:27 of overtime Thursday night, leading Detroit past the Houston Rockets, 97-91, and extending the Pistons' winning streak to 11 games. Vinnie Johnson led the Pistons with 18 points, followed by James Edwards with 17.
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October 20, 1990
Detroit guard Vinnie Johnson agreed to contract terms with the two-time NBA champions after holding out for $3.2 million for two years. Details were not disclosed.
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June 15, 1990 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They broke out the champagne on VJ night, a time of celebration for the present and remembrance of loved ones lost. This was about heroics and idols and departed fathers and dreams, and Vinnie Johnson, 33, a reserve guard for the Detroit Pistons, called them all his own. Hitting the winning shot with seven-tenths of a second to play to give the Pistons a 92-90 victory over the Trail Blazers and their second consecutive NBA title was, of course, the heroics.
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June 15, 1990 | SAM McMANIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Portray them as villainous, if you must. There certainly is a wealth of material, from Bill Laimbeer's sneer to that self-dubbed "Bad Boy" veneer, to support the branding of America's Most Hated Team on the Detroit Pistons. But also call them NBA champions. Do not begrudge them greatness.
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June 13, 1990 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Palace guards held their ground again, this time away from home and under the most difficult of circumstances. The backcourt of Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Vinnie Johnson went for 32, 26 and 20 points, respectively in the Detroit Pistons' 112-109 victory Tuesday night. Thomas strolled into another one of those shooting zones that helped him erupt for 33 in Game 1 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
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October 9, 1989 | From Times wire services
Detroit Pistons guard Vinnie Johnson will be sidelined for 10 to 14 days with a broken rib. Johnson was injured when he tripped over a charging John Salley in Friday's practice at the University of Windsor across the Detroit River from Detroit. He was held out of Saturday's scrimmage, and X-rays Saturday night revealed a fractured left rib. "I just remember landing on Salley's foot and the pain being very severe from the very beginning," Johnson said Sunday. "I can't raise my left arm at all.
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