Vinnie Johnson (born September 1, 1956) was a key player on the Detroit Pistons who won the NBA championship in both 1989 and 1990.
Johnson earned the nickname "Microwave" from Boston Celtic guard Danny Ainge for his ability to score many points in a short period of time (i.e., Johnson could heat up the offense of the team in short order). On June 19, 1990, Vinne landed a 14-footer in the last second, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 92-90 in Game 5 of the finals, and giving Detroit the Championship.
Friday, January 27th, 2006 was the day he finally came back to The Palace of Auburn Hills during a game with the Detroit Pistons vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. Ten thousand Vinnie Johnson figurines were given away that day.