By LARRY VAUGHT
Dakari Johnson still considers Lexington his second home and is looking forward to interacting with University of Kentucky fans again Saturday.
He’ll be at All Sports in Fayette Mall from 11 a.m. to noon along with former UK teammate Dominique Hawkins.
A friend his mother made during her time in Lexington is having a retirement party this weekend. Since she was coming from Atlanta with Dakari’s younger brother, the former Cat decided this would be a good time for him to get back as well.
“I want fans to see if someone works that you did not have to give up on your dream,” Johnson said. “I could have gone overseas to play but I wanted to be in the NBA. I just want to help give fans that same motivation to follow their dreams.”
Johnson played two years at UK and left after the 38-1 season. He was a second-round draft pick with the 48th overall pick by Oklahoma City. He played the last two years in the NBA D-League but this summer signed a two-year guaranteed contract worth over $2 million with Oklahoma City.
He has known Matt DiLorenzo, founder of Pro Player Solutions, since his time at UK and DiLorenzo helped set up Saturday’s event for Johnson and Hawkins.
“I just want to greet the fans again and show them some love for all they did for me,” Johnson said.