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James Johnson
James Johnson
Position: F
Born: 02/20/87
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $4,000,000
How do the skills translate into playing in the NBA? James Johnson: My grittiness to know that I’m comfortable in any situation that my opponent wants to go to. Normally we just keep it basketball and shake hands after. But just to know I have that in my back pocket I won’t ever back down. It’s starting to get a little known league wide I’m a martial artist. I always liked it to be a secret. But you still get the person who will try you.
When you were with the Bulls did Derrick Rose actually stay in your room when he was spooked in Oklahoma City hotel that is allegedly haunted? James Johnson: Yeah, he stayed in my room and I slept on the floor. That was the time when he was doing some amazing things and there was no way I would let him sleep on the floor. I was a rookie. We were really scared, I was, too. I don’t care how much martial arts is in my background you’re not going to fight the ghost allegedly in that hotel. We came back to his room and there were some things flipped over. I don’t know if it was a prank but no one ever came clean.
Johnson, 29, is an imposing 6-8, 250-pound forward who has averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds over his seven year career with the Bulls, Kings, Grizzlies and Raptors. He’s also a second-degree back belt, who is 21-0 in kickboxing and 7-0 in mixed martial arts bouts, his last coming after his freshman year at Wake Forest. “There are not too many guys I run up on that I might think twice about, but he’s one of the guys,” Haslem said Friday after the Heat completed its fourth day of camp at the Atlantis Paradise Resort.
“I grew up with my head held high,” he continued. “Everywhere I went my head was held high. I wasn’t afraid of anybody. I was never afraid of confrontation. But I was never the aggressor. I never picked on anyone. That’s another thing it teaches you — just to let things go. If you know you can beat someone then you tend to let them win the argument and walk away because you might have just saved them from a broken nose or something.”