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JaJuan Johnson has earned KG’s trust

RedsArmyAdmin December 21, 2011 Uncategorized 5 Comments

Jajuan johnson looking on
A lot of people have high hopes for JaJuan Johnson.  Maybe that's because, physically, he resembles one of his new teammates.  His jumper has a certain visual similarity to a certain intense, vocal teammate who shall remain nameless in this sentence lest people think I'm comparing their overall abilities. 

Ok, fine, I'll say it:  He's a big, lanky guy (6'10", 220) whose high-release jumper is farily accurate from 15-17 feet.  Visually, he reminds you of Kevin Garnett out there.  But he does so in the same way as passing some guy on the street and saying "he kinda looks like George Clooney."  You're not comparing abilities… you're just saying they look similar. 

But the hope, someday, is that JaJuan Johnson's game will remind people of KG's as well.  And who better to learn that from than Garnett himself?  But we know the window to get in good with KG is about as wide as the Death Star's thermal exhaust port.

Well call JaJuan Johnson "Luke Skywalker"… because he nailed it.

It may seem minor, but JaJuan Johnson appears to have already earned the trust of Kevin Garnett and that's huge for him moving forward. Garnett only gives newcomers one chance early on to take his guidance and rookie Johnson appears to have passed the test. "Kevin is clearly taking JaJuan under his wing. You guys have been around — he gives you the one shot and if he thinks you’re paying attention, he spends the year around you, and you can see JaJuan obviously has passed the test," said Rivers. "Which is good news for everyone, because it makes it a bad year for that guy." 

I cannot stress how huge this is.  JJ's got potential but he needs a lot of work.  There is no one better than KG when it comes to teaching the ins and outs of the game.  Good for JJ for passing that "test"… but anyone who has really paid any attention to Johnson during the offseason isn't surprised.  He's got the right attitude.  Let's hope the tutelage pays off.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    kg getting soft? props to JJ for not breaking down and crying like a big baby.. the season is young :)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/iamsaws iamsaws

    I did see some good things from Johnson against toronto.
    I have real hopes for the rookies..

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    Going into this season the intention of the coaching staff was to create an offense predicated on better spacing utilizing high screens and pick/pops. That’s why Danny went after scorers like CP3 and D. West. So perhaps E’Twan or JJ could fill a need … if Doc allows them to play, and emphasizes their offensive production and not defense because in the past if you were missing assignments you sit. This team needs better offensive efficiency and shot creators. So if the rookies are given a chance, based on their skill set, they could surprise in the playoffs.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/gradyjason Jason Grady

    I wouldn’t call it soft at all. Honestly, it doesn’t really take very long to judge someone. A rookie should come in humble, ready to listen, eager to work, especially on a team like this. If he does or doesn’t, either way, it’s apparent pretty easily. KG probably doesn’t have the time and, more likely, tolerance for someone who thinks he already knows everything, who thinks he’s bigger than he really is (BBD anyone?). KG’s focused on winning and if you are too, you are worthy of KG’s tutelage. If not, what was it he said to the Pacers’ PR guy? Oh, yeah “F your rookies.”

  • http://profile.typepad.com/thedubz33 TheDubz33

    JaJuan is going to be a good player. As to his effectiveness this year, he will need PT and there will be tired legs giving him that opportunity. If he plays with confidence, stays inside his element, and avoids playing “soft” he will make a positive difference. He should be able to bother other PFs on D with his length and athleticism and if he shows he can rebound with the men, he will be one hell of a fit for this team now and going forward.