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What's in Joe Johnson's closet?

The Atlanta Hawks SG shows off his wardrobe and high-security shoe museum

Updated: September 13, 2011, 2:00 PM ET
By Stacey Pressman | ESPN The Magazine

CLOSETYvonne Boyd for ESPN The MagazineJohnson is 6'7", but the ceilings in his closet soar to 20 feet. That's enough room for a lot of blazers.

This story appears in the Sept. 19, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

JEWELRY
"I bought this chain 10 years ago when I was 20. It's probably worth at least $150,000 now. It reminds me of the decisions I made when I was younger. I still like the chain and still wear it sometimes, but it's not a purchase I would make today."

WATCH
"Every guy needs a nice watch. It's an essential. This one is from Jason of Beverly Hills. It's just a regular old watch, but it looks sharp. I love watches. I have more than 20 -- some blingy, some plain and some cheap. I like to change it up."

BLAZERS
"When I was 20, I lived in sweatpants and T-shirts. I never wore nice suits or fancy clothes. If David Stern had enforced a dress code my first few years, I would've been in trouble. I still like my style to be low-key and laid-back. One thing I like to do is wear vests with my jackets."

CLOSET
Yvonne Boyd for ESPN The MagazineBecause of a high-tech fingerprint sensor, Johnson is the only one who can enter his shoe vault.

GRABBER
"I'm 6'7", but the ceiling in my closet is about 20 feet high. I couldn't reach all of my stuff until I got this grabber, which is made by Unger. Now I can reach about 13 feet. I use it all the time when I'm getting dressed."

RUSSIAN WINTER HAT
"Everyone should own one of these Russian hats. I got it at a mall when we were playing in Boston last season. I love it. It keeps me so warm. I wear it all the time in the winter. It helps prevent me from getting sick on the road."

SNEAKERS
"I wanted to display all of my shoes, so I had this 500-square-foot closet made. I just thought this would be a cool idea, and it would almost look like a museum. I had a fingerprint sensor put on the door to make sure I'm the only one who can get in here. I mostly wear Air Jordans. All of the Jordan guys are selected by Michael Jordan himself. It's kind of hard to tell MJ no. I have 436 pairs of sneakers in here, and they're mostly unworn. I'll wear all of them eventually."

Stacey Pressman is a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine.