HoopsHype James Johnson rumors

July 17, 2012 Updates

They had been in talks with free agent small forward Terrence Williams, but a source with knowledge of the team's plans said he is no longer part of the Kings' future. The addition of Brooks came just hours after the team announced the addition of small forward James Johnson, who was acquired from Toronto for a second-round pick. SI.com

July 16, 2012 Updates
April 5, 2012 Updates

Not sure what it was with James Johnson, even the most chatty people in the organization went silent, referring to it as an internal matter, but the suggestion in private conversations was that it wasn’t that big a deal. Think it speaks to Dwane Casey, though, as much as it does Johnson. This is a coach who’ll do whatever he deems necessary to keep this team headed in the right direction and I’m sure there have been other instances of clashes between coaches and players or players and players this year – it’s inevitable and it happens with every team in the league. Toronto Star

January 15, 2012 Updates
December 8, 2011 Updates

James Johnson will get an early Christmas present. It will come in the form of Saturday’s UFC card at the ACC, a sport the Raptors power forward grew up in and one he enjoys watching the same way many of his fellow Raptors teammates enjoy every Sunday during the NFL season. For Johnson, mixed martial arts was an integral part of his childhood and teen years. From the age of 8 he began training in four different disciplines and by the time he was 19 he had a perfect 18-0 record. A basketball scholarship to Wake Forest ended his fight career but certainly not his passion for the sport. He still finds himself returning to the gym for training every once in a while. Toronto Sun

“When basketball training and running suicides in the gym, especially in the summer time, when that gets repetitive you don’t want to stop working out so I go back into the gym and do some martial arts training,” Johnson said. “I keep myself in shape plus it’s a love that will never leave.” Having been inside the octagon, Johnson has no time for the sport’s naysayers who don’t give it the respect it deserves. “If people don’t think this is a sport like any other sport where they train and dedicate their lives to their sport to learn every aspect then step up and get in the (octagon),” he said. “You have to learn all these combat styles,” Johnson points out having been through it himself. “It’s not just one. Or it’s not just ‘Hey, I’m strong. I’ll just get in there and beat him up.’ Kimbo Slice is proof of that. He was beating everyone up in those street fights. He was a YouTube hero for street fights and then he gets into the cage and didn’t win anything in there. It’s a whole different ball game.” Toronto Sun

December 6, 2011 Updates

Tas Melas: James Johnson learned from Artest this summer. I thought the lessons were court based, not hair focused: http://yfrog.com/obnsm4j (via @raptors) Twitter

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

February 24, 2011 Updates
February 23, 2011 Updates

As the Bulls conducted their morning shootaround Wednesday on the Air Canda Centre court, James Johnson was in the building, undergoing his physical. A Raptors spokesman said Johnson would address the media before Wednesday night's 6 p.m. tipoff. "He was terrific for us," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We didn't have a whole lot of minutes for him. His attitude was great. He worked extremely hard. He was athletic. I think it's a good move for the Raptors and for us. It gives us some flexibility moving forward." Chicago Tribune

February 22, 2011 Updates
February 14, 2011 Updates

James Johnson will return to the Bulls this week after averaging 19.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in his eight-game Development League stint with the Iowa Energy. Chicago Tribune

January 27, 2011 Updates

After logging just 34 minutes since Nov. 26, James Johnson's playing time is about to increase. It just will happen for the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League. "He wanted to do it," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "It's not a punishment. It's an opportunity for him to get playing time and develop." Chicago Tribune

James Johnson, selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th overall pick in last year's NBA Draft, is expected to be assigned to the NBA D- League's Iowa Energy on Thursday, according to a source close to the situation. Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Wake Forest, has played in 12 games for the Bulls this season with his last being a Jan. 4 contest against the Toronto Raptors in which he played three minutes and recorded no statistics. In 71 career NBA regular season games -- including 11 starts -- Johnson's averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in just over 11 minutes per game. FanHouse.com

November 26, 2010 Updates

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