Amir, Toronto's adopted son
Old 04-16-2014, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TORONTO -- On the night the Toronto Raptors secured the Atlantic Division title, Amir Johnson was scoreless from the floor in 17 minutes of action. The Raptors clinched in the least climactic way possible: After losing to the New York Knicks, they returned to the locker room to wait for the Atlanta Hawks to defeat the Brooklyn Nets and seal the division title for them.



It was Johnson's first game back in over a week, as the Raptors training staff had convinced him to rest one of his ailing ankles. His performance showed the week off hadn't magically cured his body of the aches and pains that come from a season of punishing it.

Seated in his locker donning a crisp, red "Atlantic is Ours" t-shirt the league had supplied, Johnson was happy. That he'd had one of the worst nights of the season individually meant little to him. Similarly, on those nights when he has been brilliant for a Raptors team that is more dependent upon his dependability than many realize, his own performance isn't what he finds important. What Johnson cares about is sharing success with the other players in the Raptors locker room.

To encounter Johnson is to embrace him. Serving as a guest judge on Top Chef Canada, shaving the Raptor claw into his hair -- and dying it red -- or taking over the Raptors practice court for pick-up ball with Drake and Justin Bieber one day, and Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Dallas Green the next, Johnson is always up for adventure. It's that attitude, his man-of-the-people spirit and sincerity that's made him Toronto's adopted son.
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Johnson is in his ninth season in the league. As the last player to be drafted straight from high school, the 6-foot-9 Johnson will only turn 27 this May. Selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 56th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Johnson spent four years as an apprentice to Detroit's well-seasoned front court veterans.

Playing behind Antonio McDyess, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace -- who nicknamed Johnson "Slim Wallace" -- the baby-faced Johnson played sparingly in his first two seasons. Upon realizing he wasn't going to be getting reps during games, Johnson requested to spend time in the D-League.

While many players bristle at the thought of being sent to the minor league, Johnson didn't care about the less-than-glamorous accommodations or schedules. He just wanted game experience. Seven years later, Johnson uses his success story whenever a younger teammate is in the same predicament.

"They feel like it's a downsize," Johnson said. "They feel like they're good enough to play in the NBA, but what they've got to understand, it's something to help you get better. When you keep working out and are not really getting playing experience, you've got to go down."

Johnson has never been afraid of putting in extra work. Summer league is generally a requirement for rookies and sophomore players, but he chose to make appearances in each of his first five seasons. Even today, come July, you'll find him sitting on the sidelines at the Thomas & Mack Center watching his Raptors teammates.

On Dec. 8, the Raptors were in Los Angeles to face the Lakers. There was some pre-game hype because Kobe Bryant was returning from his torn achilles. The story shifted significantly when, with players already at the arena, Toronto traded big-name forward Rudy Gay to Sacramento in exchange for a deeper bench. With the team shorthanded when the game tipped off, it was Johnson who saved the day.

Scoring a career-high 32 points, Johnson made 14 of his 17 field-goal attempts. He added 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in front of family and friends. The best part, to his mind, was Toronto snapping a five-game losing streak.
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"The main thing is his spirit," veteran swingman John Salmons said. "His presence, he just has a good presence on the court for us. His rebounding, his defense, finishing at the basket, making the right plays in pick and rolls. He does so much for us, little things that people sometimes don't realize."

Although Johnson may not receive the league-wide acclaim that some of his higher-scoring teammates do, within the Raptors locker room, his contributions are recognized. The screens, extra effort and constant communication are valued by teammates who understand how important Johnson is to their success as a whole.

"He's very vocal," Raptors swingman Terrence Ross said. "When he's in the locker room and sees something, he definitely voices his opinion. He's just as loud as Kyle and DeMar. He talks about what he sees on the court."

Despite losing count of his ankle sprains long ago, Johnson never complains. Like clockwork, he sits at his locker after games, the messiest in the room, with shoes -- mostly his, some stolen from DeRozan -- strewn around him. Feet submerged in an ice bucket, he talks to reporters pushing their own deadlines because his candor is worth it.

Johnson said his motivation to play through damn near anything stems from the simple fact he wants to always be there for his team.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would keep Amir throughout his entire career, so we can once retire his number
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would keep Amir throughout his entire career, so we can once retire his number
at immediate thought I'd think he doesn't deserve it to be retired since he's not a bonified superstar who took this team to heights.

But let's talk hypotheticals:

let's say this team gets to the second round this year and bows out, gaining valuable playoff experience

next year, we manage to re-sign the major pieces in lowry, vasquez, and PP, and keep most of the core intact. Maybe add a specialty perimeter defender or fill in some other need with a role player.

we manage to get to the second round again, this time making it a much more competitive series.

year after that, we have loads of capspace with dead weight coming off the books, and we manage to sign a real impact kind of player. not necessarily a superstar ala lebron or durant, but someone to slot in and improve the starting 5. We then hit 60 wins, or close to it, and make it to the ECF or even Finals (since who knows if heat will still be heat then) and we bow out.

IF our team improves this much, with Amir being an essential piece, the engine of this team, and he stays with us to retirement, then he could very well get his jersey retired, and deserve it.
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What would raptor fans do if Amir was dealt this summer?
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't think its necessary to be on a contender (or borderline contender) to see a jersey retired. If a guy plays nearly his whole career for you in a way you can define him as the heart of the team for a longer period i think the organisation could show appreciation beyond the success of the team. But that's just my POV.
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I don't think its necessary to be on a contender (or borderline contender) to see a jersey retired. If a guy plays nearly his whole career for you in a way you can define him as the heart of the team for a longer period i think the organisation could show appreciation beyond the success of the team. But that's just my POV.
i wouldn't want to retire someone's jersey that wasn't an all-star or lead us deep into the playoffs. you can still honour him in some way, but retiring his jersey? I'm not sure if Amir will be here beyond his current contract.....at some point some trades will be made and he's a definite asset.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i wouldn't want to retire someone's jersey that wasn't an all-star or lead us deep into the playoffs. you can still honour him in some way, but retiring his jersey? I'm not sure if Amir will be here beyond his current contract.....at some point some trades will be made and he's a definite asset.
He won't be moved on until/if JV improves his Defence by a large margin. Until then, Amir is our defensive cog downlow, and Ross/lowry our defensive twins on the perimeter.
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He won't be moved on until/if JV improves his Defence by a large margin. Until then, Amir is our defensive cog downlow, and Ross/lowry our defensive twins on the perimeter.
i predict pretty big moves in the next 18 months leading into our rebrand, all-star game season.....not sure he survives depending on who we can get to replace him. He expires the summer of 2015....should be interesting.
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If he should be traded, so it is, but should he be able to stick with this organization till he retires, and should he always display the same love for the Raptors and the same recklessness and gritness, than i would love to see his jersey retired. It would be a reward of a leader more than a winner.

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I still remember how the bi-polars here wanted to use the Amnesty on him.
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What would raptor fans do if Amir was dealt this summer?
Vent on Raptors forum and be sad. I love watching Amir play basketball, probably more than any other player on the Raptors. I would definitely stay a fan and cheer for him on whatever team he went to, much like Bosh, Bonner and Calderon but moreso than the latter two.

Maybe he'll end up on Miami playing with Lebron, Wade and Bosh.

That would be an awesome consolation to him staying with the Raptors.
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If he should be traded, so it is, but should he be able to stick with this organization till he retires, and should he always display the same love for the Raptors and the same recklessness and gritness, than i would love to see his jersey retired. It would be a reward of a leader more than a winner.
It would be cool to see #15 retired and it not be Vince.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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If Amir stays here throughout his career it would be hard to say that he isn't a true Raptor at least in my eyes.
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What would raptor fans do if Amir was dealt this summer?
If I'm not mistaken,he's still eligible for amnesty...it would be heartbreaking if he's not playing in Toronto but I believe it's 50/50 that he is back next year depending on how Patterson performs in the playoffs and a few other factors.
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If I'm not mistaken,he's still eligible for amnesty...it would be heartbreaking if he's not playing in Toronto but I believe it's 50/50 that he is back next year depending on how Patterson performs in the playoffs and a few other factors.
We amnestied Kleiza. Even if he was eligible, he's an asset that get bring in a return. MU is a GM that maximizes assets, no way would he amnesty AJ.

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We amnestied Kleiza
Oh shit lol,never knew..thought he was just bought out...
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We amnestied Kleiza. Even if he was eligible, he's an asset that get bring in a return. MU is an asset retention GM and no way would he amnesty AJ.
True,he's worth his contract anyway.....

Fields expiring increases to over 8 million I believe, if Masai can move him.......................I will have to start calling him Masaih or something.
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i predict pretty big moves in the next 18 months leading into our rebrand, all-star game season.....not sure he survives depending on who we can get to replace him. He expires the summer of 2015....should be interesting.
If Amir isn't traded by than, we NEED to re-sign him to a new contract. I think he would give us a discount too
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