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Chris Johnson
Position: -
Born: 07/17/85
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.2 kg.
Earnings: $2,351,248 ($2,790,409*)
Gordon has spent the majority of the summer in Los Angeles working with NBA trainer Chris Johnson. The emphasis, according to a league source, was on honing his mid-post game. The pick-up games Gordon’s played in have included fellow NBA players Ben Simmons, Ja Morant, Jordan Clarkson, Lonnie Walker, Jaren Jackson Jr., Justise Winslow, Tyrese Maxey and others.
In fact, team sources say, Simmons became so disillusioned with the Sixers staff, he did much of his work outside the facility under the watchful eye of trainer Chris Johnson. That erosion of trust only further contributed to the splintered chemistry on the floor and tension among coaches and players. Outsiders repeatedly suggested Embiid and Simmons could not coexist, particularly within a lineup that provided poor spacing. Their divergent personalities led to speculation they disliked each other, yet, says one former Sixers staffer, it was more a disconnect than anything. “There just wasn’t a whole lot of communication,” the source says.
How have you been preparing for the 2019 NBA draft? Marial Shayok: When the season ended, I started working out in Los Angeles with Chris Johnson. The workouts have been great. We start pretty early and do our strength and conditioning with Travelle Gaines. It’s been a good amount of guys in the gym. Andrew Nembhard, the point guard from Florida, was out there with us and Cameron Johnson and Charles Bassey before he decided to return to Western Kentucky. There have been some pros, too, like James Young and a few others as well. I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m trying to win each day, get the most of each day and it will result in landing on an NBA roster and being a key part to the team.