Former Celtics 1st round pick and current Rocket JaJuan Johnson issued his first public comments about the multi-player trade that sent him to Houston for Courtney Lee:
“It was a good opportunity the first year, and it was fun,” Johnson said of playing for the Celtics. “But that’s what it is. It’s part of the business. That’s something that you learn early on.
“You can’t take it personally. You just have to move on. Right now, I will be playing in Houston. I’m happy about it, but we will see.”
Johnson also spoke highly of his experience in Boston and the tutelage of Kevin Garnett:
While Johnson was not on the Celtics’ playoff roster, he said being a part of that experience was a valuable lesson.
“I got to see the sacrifices that those guys go through,” Johnson said. “I learned what it takes to get there. Boston was a good team to be a part of. It was a great locker room. I definitely will miss that part.
“The year of learning from Kevin Garnett are things I will take with me for the rest of my life … just being around a good teammate and learning from a guy like him. It was great being around him every day and practicing against him. That’s going to be valuable throughout my whole career.”
Johnson had previously spoken about his relationship with Garnett, saying he was picking KG’s brain all season long.
While JJJ initially demanded a trade out of Houston, he now sounds a bit more optimistic about his opportunity there.