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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
What's in Joe Johnson's closet?

By Stacey Pressman
ESPN The Magazine

CLOSET
Johnson 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
Because 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.