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Amir Johnson puts last season's problems behind him
Raptors' Amir Johnson puts last season's problems behind him | Raptors
There’s a lot about last season that Amir Johnson is not going to miss.
And the losing record is only part of it.
Johnson’s season was marred from the very beginning. There was an off-court personal issue, one he publicly revealed but kept the details to himself, that weighed heavily on the 25-year-old centre/power forward.
There was also a foot problem that lingered most of the season and kept Johnson from playing at 100%.
As media day wound down Monday, Johnson declared both those issues problems of the past.
The off-court issue, whatever it was, has been resolved and the foot is no longer a concern.
“I’m 100% with my foot which bothered me all last year,” Johnson said. “This summer I pretty much worked on just being healthy and being ready. I did a lot of physical muscle endurance training so I feel good about this season”
And that off-court issue, which Johnson admitted affected his play, was just something he had to play through.
“It hurts a little but you just have to suck it up,” he said of dealing with it all last season. “You have to suck your pride in and just keep playing.”
With Andrea Bargnani having locked down the power forward position, Johnson is going to be battling Aaron Gray and rookie Jonas Valanciunas for minutes.
Leaving his baggage behind can only help his cause.
| Sports | Toronto Sun