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Linton Johnson: "This team needs defense"
by Raul Barrigon / October 17, 2008

Linton Johnson - Icon Sports MediaWhat's your status right now with the Wizards?

Linton Johnson: I have a non-guaranteed contract, but it looks good and I think I can make the team. One thing this team has is scorers. We have a lot. Every team needs a balance in order to win and that balance is defense.

And you can provide that.

LJ: Yes, of course. You need guys to come in and don't necessarily look for shot because you already have proven All-Stars on the team, and if you here come thinking you can shoot the ball you can be mislead. I come in, I can guard anybody, bring great energy and rebounds. I'm sure that will pay dividends.

I'm sure your agent, Mark Bartelstein, has other options for you if you are finally cut.

LJ: Yes. We have other options so I'm not really worried about that. I'm looking forward to getting back and play.

The Wizards have health issues... again.

LJ: Injuries and inevitable. But you know, those issue leave open opportunities for guys to step up and take care of business.

How's Gilbert Arenas?

LJ: I'm sure he's coming back in December. Last year, when he came back he was right back in the flow. He's one of those guys that have the mental capacity to get back on his feet as soon as he step on the court.

Happy to be back in Spain?

LJ: Yeah, definitely. Barcelona is a great city and it's great to be here playing with the Wizards against the Hornets. I played with Tau Vitoria and it was a great experience. Off the court, I think Vitoria is not an entertaining city but we went down to Madrid a lot.

Would you consider to playing in Spain again?

LJ: Yeah, of course, that's a possibility.

Would you try the D-League route?

LJ: No, I would never do D-League or something like that. When you're doing something like that you're only looking for money, and monetarily I'm straight. I've played a lot of years in top competition.

Raul Barrigon is the managing editor of HoopsHype.com

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