HoopsHype Amir Johnson rumors

December 11, 2012 Updates

If you had asked me which of the Raptors would throw a mouthpiece at a referee I would have had to go far down the list before I got to Amir Johnson. That was so totally out of character it’s not even funny. But out of character or not, you cannot throw things at officials, and you can’t hit them with what you’ve thrown and you can’t get to the point where you’re physically restrained from going after him. Toronto Star

I am not at all laying the blame for this totally at the feet of the new starting point guard but I’m wondering where all this “leadership” and “grittiness” stuff we heard so much about has gone. There is more than enough blame to be spread around but I thought – and was told – that Lowry had one of those “screw this, I’m getting us out of this funk” attitudes in him. Toronto Star

Amir Johnson was ejected from a Monday loss to the Blazers for tussling with referee David Jones over who could hold the basketball in between free throws, and after throwing his mouthpiece at the official on his way off of the court the Raptors forward told reporters that the exchange wasn’t becoming of two grown men. “I think [it was childish] between both of us,” Johnson said. “We were both wrestling with the ball. That was kind of childish. We both either could of let it go or anything. That part was childish. Plus, on my part for reacting that way.” SI.com

“I think it was just real childish,” Johnson said. “It was something that didn’t need to happen. I lost my cool. I apologize on that part. I’ve never been kicked out of a game before or been teed up like that.” SI.com

November 30, 2012 Updates

NBA players love Christmas trees, too, obviously, and make sure to get their own every December. But I highly doubt that many will challenge the tree of Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson in terms of sheer size. On Thursday night, the 6-9 Johnson posted this photo to Instagram (via SLAM), in which he places the crowning star on what appears to be the biggest tree on the whole Toronto lot, if not in Ontario as a whole. Oh, and he also did so while perched precariously on a ledge near the top of this room. I doubt his Raptors contract has any provisions against trimming trees from large heights, but something tells me the team won't be too happy about this one. Yahoo! Sports

November 16, 2012 Updates

Amir Johnson asked the fans to pronounce the name of his new teammate. He uploaded the video for everyone to see on his YouTube channel called Amir TV. And you, do you know how to say "Jonas Valanciunas"? TalkBasket

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Who is your favourite teammate ever? Amir Johnson: I’d have to say Rasheed Wallace. He’s a funny guy, man. A very wise man. A funny guy. That’s all I can say about ‘Sheed. He’s the one I kind of looked up to when I was in Detroit. He was just a good guy, kept everyone laughing. National Post

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Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson got a chance to shake off the rust on Sunday at Baron’s event. “I had surgery on my foot so really I’ve been tending to [my rehab],” said Johnson. “I got to rehab on my foot. It’s been five months since I’ve been on the court. It’s actually my first time on the court. The lockout was great for me.” Johnson’s procedure, back in June, was to take are of some instability in his left ankle. He looked a little rusty but was definitely a presence around the basket. “It feels good. I’ve got to get the strength back in my foot,” said Amir. “I’m a little tired but I feel good.” HoopsWorld

November 16, 2011 Updates

DeMar DeRozan was on Sportsnet 590 earlier today – with Paul Jones and me – and he broke the news that he has been considering the possibility of organizing a charity game in Toronto at some point in the next month. Details are limited at this point, but DeRozan told us that he and Raptors teammate, Amir Johnson, recently discussed the idea and they are meeting tomorrow or Friday to figure out the details and determine if this event could fly or not. FAN590

June 22, 2011 Updates

Dwane Casey on the core players in Toronto: “Andrea (Bargnani) is definitely a piece of the core that we have to utilize. He’s our star. DeMar Derozan is definitely an athletic part of our core, Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless, James Johnson is in that group, and Amir Johnson. You’ve got the core now. The part you may have to add is a veteran piece, a veteran defender or whatever along with our draft pick is something that I’m sure Bryan and the staff are going to look at, but the core pieces are there to build on to use as building blocks. Those guys are the guys were gonna push, cajole, put an arm around, or whatever it takes to get to that next level.” Sports Radio Interviews

June 4, 2011 Updates

Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson has had surgery on his left ankle and is expected to be ready for training camp if there is no lockout. The team announced Friday that the operation to repair an instability was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. Johnson will do his rehabilitation in Los Angeles. ESPN.com

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