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Meet the real life 'Grandmama'

07/09/2015, 9:30am CDT
By Al Buczkowski

Between the Dream Team, Shaq & Penny, and the rise of MJ’s Windy City dynasty, the NBA may have reached its height of adoration during the early '90s. And with the exception of Michael, you could argue no player was more popular at the time than a No. 1 draft pick out of UNLV named Larry Johnson.

Though, “LJ” didn’t really achieve peak popularity until he ditched the Charlotte Hornets' teal for a flower-print dress.

If you’re old enough to remember them, Johnson’s “Grandmama” Converse commercials probably hold a nostalgic place in your heart.

Well, as Reuters reports, it turns out Grandmama is very real.

Actually, there are a lot of Grandmamas out there. And they’re competing with 12,000 other seniors in the National Senior Games, an olympic-style event for athletes 50-and-up, going on in Minneapolis, MN until July 16th.

Edwina Dennis is one of them. She started playing at age 70, and now at 81, she’s still going hard in the paint.

“It’s the best exercise for me, and it’s fun. Although, some of those ladies are really rough.” 

“Those ladies” better be pretty rough.

Otherwise, good luck defending off-the-ball-cuts like this:



And all the React Juice in the world isn't going to help anybody stop a fully-stocked, McHalesque arsenal of low post moves like this:




All she's missing is the dress and pearls. 

Go get 'em, Edwina. Your opponents definitely have their work cut out for them. 

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    Alan Buczkowski is a copywriter in the Sport Ngin marketing department with a background in sports journalism. He brings the trends, topics, and inspirational stories from the world of youth sports to Sport Ngin Community.

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