Amir continues to declare his love of Toronto
Old 10-04-2013, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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CBC Sports - Raptors' Amir Johnson says he's in love with Toronto


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Amir Johnson has had his own float in Caribana and been to the city's annual all-night arts festival Nuit Blanche. He's hired a professional makeup artist before lurching down Yonge Street among the undead as part of Zombie Walk.Last season, he shaved a huge red Raptors claw into his hair. And last week, he bought out two stores of Drake's new album "Nothing Was the Same," and then handed the CDs out free to fans.Next on his Toronto to-do list if his contract permits is the CN Tower EdgeWalk.*'"Toronto is part of me. I've been around, the people are very kind, I love it here.'- Raptors forward Amir*JohnsonFour years into his tenure in Toronto, the Raptors forward has embraced his adopted city perhaps unlike any other professional athlete.

"Toronto is part of me," Johnson said at training camp Thursday at the Air Canada Centre. "I've been around, the people are very kind, I love it here."Johnson, who arrived in a trade in the summer of 2009 after four seasons spent in Detroit, said he fell in love with Toronto virtually upon arrival."I walked around downtown a little bit, and I got kind of a humble feeling, everybody was so polite and so cool. That's when I first started loving Toronto," said the 26-year-old.Late last season he held his third annual "Roll with Amir" night out, hosting 100 fans at a Raptors game and then treating them to dinner. He posed for pictures with each and every fan, and posted the fan photos on his various social media channels.

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What's impressive is that Johnson's random acts of kindness are exactly that umprompted by the team or his agent."Everything I do is just off the top of the head, it's just genuine pretty much," Johnson said. "I don't really plan anything or call anybody. I just wake up in the morning, and say, OK, I'm going to do this. That's how I do everything."That's how the Drake album giveaway came about."It was a pretty big crowd man, I didn't think it was going to be a lot of people but I tweeted it out as soon as I got (to the first store), and by the time I got done buying the CDs it was a whole crowd," said Johnson, who handed out the CDs at Toronto's busy Yonge-Dundas Square.

"Everybody was so cool, so I just told everybody to line up on the side, and they did. It could have got out of hand, but everybody was so cool about it. It was just fun."Drake, who is friends with Johnson, learned about the gesture after the fact, and told reporters earlier this week at a news conference to announce he was the Raptors' new global ambassador that Johnson "is just a great guy."
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"I've been a lot of places, I love to travel, I love to try stuff different," Johnson said. "I want to see the world, so I'm going to keep on experiencing different stuff."But the Raptors big man, who keeps his Toronto condo through the off-season, said he could see himself settling down in the city once his career comes to an end."I'll definitely consider living here," Johnson said. "I love it out here."
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WE need to keep this guy. He is a great player and loves this place.
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This guy should be a Raptor for life. His game has elevated 10 fold since BC signed him (which was prob one of the best BC singings during his time here considering how cheep it was) and Amir has just transformed into a force to be reckoned with on and off the court. If this guy is resigned here (and unless he wants an ungodly amount of money theres nothing stopping either side) this guy will be one of the most beloved Toronto Athletes in recent memory.....why wouldn't he want to live here after playing for a team for xx years in a city he loves....sure he might live somewhere else during the winter, but tons of Canadians do that
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WE need to keep this guy. He is a great player and loves this place.
If he does his job sure, if not then theres the door!

All jokes aside, he maybe the next and the last "raptors" to stand in this franchise.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The most under-rated guy in our roster and one of the top under-rated player in the whole league. He can start as a PF in any team in the NBA.
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The most under-rated guy in our roster and one of the top under-rated player in the whole league. He can start as a PF in any team in the NBA.
Under rated?

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Amir is worth every penny that we are paying him and more (I do admit that i was skeptical about his contract in the past). Love this guy, he is a warrior on the court an a great person in general. He loves the city and the fans and we should not take that for granted
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Jeff: a new season , chin up bro...
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WE need to keep this guy. He is a great player and loves this place.
That is what Dwight said about LA
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if Tristan Thompson if available in the free agent market I would rather sign him to a deal then having to pay amir Johnson 8 or 9 million a year

if where all being honest the true holes in this lineup are at pg and pf, we need to upgrade both positions
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if where all being honest the true holes in this lineup are at pg and pf, we need to upgrade both positions
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Amir is monumentally important defensively, is the most efficient player on the roster and could start on a number of teams in the league.

Backing him up are TH and Acy. RG and Novak can play PF too.

PF the true hole in the lineup - hardly.
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Amir is monumentally important defensively, is the most efficient player on the roster and could start on a number of teams in the league.

Backing him up are TH and Acy. RG and Novak can play PF too.

PF the true hole in the lineup - hardly.
Yay - we agree. And I think he's improved an insane amount over the last couple of years and is still getting better. He has a chance to make pretty much everything on this team work.

Still. Minus 100? What does that even mean?
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Yay - we agree. And I think he's improved an insane amount over the last couple of years and is still getting better. He has a chance to make pretty much everything on this team work.

Still. Minus 100? What does that even mean?
I have no issue with the 2 starting bigs on the squad. Amir is the defensive cog of the starting lineup. Not to mention he's the best bang for your buck player on the roster. Well one thing that helps is he only has to cover for 1 defensive weaklink on the squad in DD as opposed to 3 before in DD, Jose and Bargs.

I just strongly disagree with it hence -100.
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