Amir Johnson Rumors

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Amir Johnson
Amir Johnson
Position: C-F
Born: 05/01/87
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $11,000,000
Q. This past season part of Philadelphia’s defensive profile was to force a lot of mid-range shots (only two teams forced opponents to take a higher frequency, according to Cleaning the Glass). How did you go about doing that? Lloyd Pierce: A lot of it is relying on who you have on the floor and trying to play to those guys’ strengths. The obvious (key) is Joel (Embiid) and his ability individually to protect the rim just with his size, his instincts, his defensive mindset. When you know that is your anchor and you have a backbone that’s out there, in a lot of ways we had the ability to get up and pressure the basketball more and funnel it to Joel and his rim percentage defense. I think we finished the season as the No. 1 field-goal percentage defense. Knowing we have an anchor it allows you to get up and pressure. Pressure takes you off the 3-point line, it funnels you down to the rim or it funnels you into a position where you have to settle for some of those mid-range shots. We use his and Amir Johnson’s ability to rim to be great presenters. They were always great position guys. It’s not about just blocking shots. It’s more about the positioning. That allowed us to play a little more confidently on the perimeter.
There is no doubt something larger at work when players are not just put into the proper positions and schemes, but are convinced that what they have left can work — even with terribly inexperienced pieces — when logic and the former NBA stars on television are telling them they’re done. “I think Brad does a great job of being able to have players buy into what he preaches, no matter what’s thrown at him and the team,” said Johnson, who turned 31 yesterday. “They have a great (group) of players that have stepped up over there. They buy in to what he wants to do on offense and defense, and that’s why they can hold it together when things go wrong like people being hurt and out.”
Johnson has been around the NBA block. He’s now with his fourth team in his 13th season, and he knows it’s not easy to get people with their own set of self-interests to surrender a slice of themselves to make a better whole. But, Johnson said, Stevens gets them to do it. “It depends on if you’re coachable, you know? Obviously those guys are coachable,” said the 6-foot-9 forward who, with Marco Belinelli, was first off the Philly bench Monday and had a rough night (scoreless with one foul and a minus-10 in five minutes). When you have guys who buy in to what you’re saying, that’s when you have a real team. And it definitely shows with them, because you look at the players who went down — from Kyrie to Hayward to (Daniel) Theis to whoever — and they just had the next guy stepping up. And they stay in the flow of their offense.”