Any time an interview includes the question, “Hypothetically, it doesn’t matter if you’re married, single, babies, none, it’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals, your wife goes into early labor with her first-born, where do you go — the game or the hospital?”, the opportunity for greatness exists.
When that interview also includes the Celtics’ first-round pick saying all the right things about his offseason habits, that interview is gold, pure gold.
JaJuan Johnson answered some odd questions in a recent interview with Zuri Hall of BallersBlock.net, but his head’s in the right place regarding preparation for the upcoming (I think hope) season.
ZH: Now, have you entertained the idea of going overseas? What are your thoughts on guys who are thinking about that?
JJ: I think it’s just on that person. Me, personally, I really want to work out on my body and just get bigger and stronger. So, my focus is just in the weight room and on my game, but I can see why obviously people want to play overseas — for financial reasons or whatever it can be — but that’s just my focus.
Keep in mind, Jermaine O’Neal is currently Boston’s only center. Also keep in mind, O’Neal misses more games than a Chinese phone book. Wrong joke, I know, but you get the idea. Barring the acquisition of at least one solid free agent big man (and preferably more), the Celtics will need Johnson to develop into a rotation player.
The formula for that to happen follows:
Adoption of Glen Davis’ eating habits + hitting the weight room quite frequently + reminding Doc Rivers of Semih Erden = decent minutes during rookie season
With all these mathematics, I’m a little bit like Good Will Hunting. Forgive me for ending this post, but I’m going to see about a girl.
If you’re looking for the full interview transcript, including Johnson’s answer to the greatest question in the history of western civilization, travel to WEEI.