"Most people would not believe this..."
Kevin Johnson has enjoyed a high profile post-NBA career with his recent stint as mayor of Sacramento. In fact, it's safe to say he's completely left his playing days behind him.
As told to the Kevin Calabro Show, 710 AM in Seattle:
"The last time I shot a basketball was on my 40th birthday and that was about 4 years ago. That's the only day I've shot a basketball in the 10 years since I retired. I do not play on the side. I work out. I lift. I get up early in the morning and bike and do all those sorts of things.
When I walked away from the game of basketball I wanted to make a clean break. I'm starting to get that bug and that itch of wanting to go shoot some hoops so at some point I'll pick it up and start playing again leisurely."
That time almost came sooner when visiting the White House after Barack Obama took office.
"When I was running for mayor in the city of Sacramento, we had a conversation. One time I was at the White House talking to the President and the media was all around us and the media essentially said to the President, 'Are you going to take Kevin Johnson on in basketball?'
And the President got very serious and he said, 'I know my limitations.'
I respected that because you know if he calls me out of retirement I've gotta skunk him I can't be nice because he's the President. The integrity of the game is at stake."