HoopsHype Ivan Johnson rumors

May 1, 2012 Updates

Add another name to the ever-expanding list of Kevin Garnett’s critics. Hawks rookie forward Ivan Johnson became the latest to join the chorus this afternoon after Hawks practice. “Garnett, he’s a dirty player,” Johnson said. “He gives me a lot of elbows and I can handle that.” Boston Herald

April 30, 2012 Updates

Add another name to the ever-expanding list of Kevin Garnett critics. Hawks rookie forward Ivan Johnson became the latest to join the chorus this afternoon after Hawks practice. “Garnett, he’s a dirty player,” Johnson said. “He gives me a lot of elbows, and I can handle that.” Johnson said he expected that Garnett and the Celtics would attempt to do things to incite a reaction. “I was prepared for that,” Johnson said. “I already knew how KG was going to come at me. They’re a whole bunch of mess-talkers.” Boston Herald

April 14, 2012 Updates

If you are wondering if things are all good as far as Ivan Johnson is concerned, consider the scene at the end of Hawks practice today. “Hey, Ivan, did I shoot you out?” Larry Drew called out. “I let you win,” Ivan responded. Drew schooled Ivan in a game of H-O-R-S-E before practice, then afterwards said there would be no more discipline for the rookie’s verbal altercation with teammates during the Celtics game. “He’s back to full status,” Drew said. “He came in and gave me a big hug this morning. I brought him in this morning and shot him out before we got started. He’s back on board.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Hawks sent forward Ivan Johnson back to Atlanta for conduct detrimental to the team. Johnson, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, will miss tonight’s game against the Magic. Johnson was sent home for verbal altercation on the bench during Wednesday’s game against Boston. He did fly to Orlando from Boston with the team after the game before being sent home to Atlanta. Johnson is expected to re-join the team Saturday for a scheduled practice. Hawks coach Larry Drew declined to expand on the disciplinary action, or the reason for it, following this morning’s shoot-around. “We made a decision to discipline him by sending him home, fining him and we will move on,” Drew said. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April 13, 2012 Updates

The Hawks have sent forward Ivan Johnson back to Atlanta for conduct detrimental to the team. He will miss tonight’s game against the Magic. Johnson is expected to re-join the team Saturday for a scheduled practice. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 16, 2012 Updates

Forgive Ivan Johnson if he doesn’t know exactly who he is playing against. It didn’t matter to the 27-year-old rookie when he was in training camps with the Hawks trying to make their roster. It doesn’t matter now when he’s making an impact at the NBA level. “My thing is, I don’t really watch basketball so I don’t know who anybody is,” Johnson said after sinking two free throws with 4.6 seconds left to give the Hawks a 93-91 victory over the Timberwolves Saturday. “So when I match up against them, they are a regular player. I know the major players like LeBron [James], Kobe [Bryant], [Dwyane] Wade but all the extra ones I don’t know. Even if I did know them, I’m not going to be afraid. We are playing basketball.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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