He was, arguably, the most exciting player ever to suit up for the Baltimore Bullets. Who could match Gus "Honeycomb" Johnson's windmill dunks, one-hand slams and blocked shots, like this one in 1964 against Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, of the Cincinnati Royals?
Johnson, who played nine seasons with the Bullets, will himself be inducted posthumously into the Basketball Hall of Fame in August. Gus died of brain cancer in 1987.
"I remember watching Gus play for the Bullets while I was in college, at Winston-Salem," Earl Monroe recalled last year, during a visit to Baltimore. "A bunch of us were sitting in the TV room, at school, watching them play the Boston Celtics. All of a sudden, Gus jumped out of the corner with that patented hook dunk, which he threw down on (Celtics center) Bill Russell.
"He made an indelible inpression on me," Monroe said. "I thought, 'Wow, I'd like to play with that guy some day."
That, he did. In 1967, the Bullets drafted Monroe, another Hall of Famer who teamed with Johnson for four years. They helped carry Baltimore to the NBA finals in 1971.
Postscript: Can you name the other players in the 1964 photo above? They are, from left, Bullets center Walt Bellamy, Royals forward Jerry Lucas, Bullets guard Si Green and forward Terry Dischinger (43).