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J.B. Smoove’s New Show Gave Us This Amazing Story Of How Converse Got Larry Johnson To Put On The Dress And Become Grandmama

If you didn’t know comedian J.B. Smoove had a new show on the Madison Square Garden Network, we don’t blame you — it only came to our attention in a fit of afternoon channel surfing. But “J.B. Smoove: Four Courses” features an eclectic lineup of personalities (Judah Friedlander, Black Thought, John Salley, Larry Johnson) sitting around an ornate dinner table talking shit, and we can dig that.

No idea if this show will have staying power, but it’s already provided one golden Larry Johnson back story that we’d never heard before. It’s about how Johnson became the Converse Grandmama — basically the ’90s equivalent of Uncle Drew.

Apparently, Nike didn’t want to sign Johnson coming out of UNLV because they weren’t convinced he’d be a star. So the number one overall pick and 1992 Rookie of the Year headed to Converse to work with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird on a commercial that never ended up getting made… and the rest is history.

Check it out:

By the way, for all you youngbloods who have no idea who Grandmama is (though Tyler Perry sure does), here’s what we’re talking about:

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    Clinic that the Federal Government must step in and help solve the obesity
    epidemic that has been catastrophic throughout America, and is now considered a

    One solution would be to abolish the
    Income Tax laws and substitute a Body
    Tax Plan. On or before April 15th, the entire family would weigh
    in and pay $5 a pound for each and every member of the family!

    The total aggregate weight of
    315 million people would far exceed the income generated taxing income, thus
    reducing our national debt, and encouraging fat people to trim waistlines as

    Obviously, taxpayers care about their bodies and would be willing to pay
    by the pound without complaining.
    Also, they won’t have to declare a penny of their income!

    This sort of common sense
    approach is the direction President Barack Obama has often proposed. And he
    would be a perfect poster man for the lean and determined leader whom most
    skinny people voted for.

    As the U.S. Post Office slowly fades into the sunset, with massive
    closings and layoffs, their facilities and personnel could be utilized for
    National Weighing Stations to pay body taxes. Poor people will eagerly go on
    diets to pay less and senior citizens naturally save money, becoming shorter
    and lighter as they grow older.

    CPAs will have to bite the bullet and be retrained for other missions in
    life. For example, as physical trainers or nutritionists to keep their clients’
    taxes lower. State taxes might be relegated to family heights, measured for an
    additional $3 a foot when everybody weighs in.

    Uncle Sam’s slogan can then be: “THE MORE YOU WEIGH, THE MORE YOU PAY”

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