Lafayette Journal & Courier:

“It was a good opportunity the first year, and it was fun,” Johnson said of playing for the Celtics. “But that’s what it is. It’s part of the business. That’s something that you learn early on.

“You can’t take it personally. You just have to move on. Right now, I will be playing in Houston. I’m happy about it, but we will see.”

“I got to see the sacrifices that those guys go through,” Johnson said. “I learned what it takes to get there. Boston was a good team to be a part of. It was a great locker room. I definitely will miss that part.

“The year of learning from Kevin Garnett are things I will take with me for the rest of my life ... just being around a good teammate and learning from a guy like him. It was great being around him every day and practicing against him. That’s going to be valuable throughout my whole career.”

Johnson seemed like a good guy during his tenure in Boston. He's hopeful that he'll get more of a shot in Houston, but he'll have to earn it. He claims that with the Celtics re-signing of KG that minutes would have been sparse in Boston, but I don't think KG was the reason. A team can have more than 1 big man. Johnson has to show he's capable of defending NBA big men. That will determine whether or not he has a career in this league.

Johnson was also a bit bummed that the Rockets waived longtime teammate and friend E'Twaun Moore, but is confident Moore will latch on with another NBA team.

JR 8/05/2012 03:37:00 PM Edit
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