The Raptors young veteran Amir Johnson is hugely popular in Toronto and he has earned it. No one has done more for and with his fans locally than the 26-year-old big man. The downside of being this popular is, locally at least, everyone notices everything he does or doesn’t do on the court every night.
“It seems like I can’t have a couple bad games, but I’m fine, I’m fine,” Johnson said recently. “I try to give 100 percent every time I go out there – every night. There may be little nicks or little injuries on me, but I still go out there and try to give it my all, but I feel like I’m fine.”
A couple of weeks ago in Boston, Johnson feel something unusual, but trainer extraordinaire Alex McKecknie did his magic and for the most part keeps Johnson going through the numerous bumps, bruises and worse.
“It was weird cause it was nothing in that Boston game, the injury I had a couple years back just started feeling like the same,” Johnson said. “Alex McKecknie did his magic on me and I came back out and it was fine. I was a weird feeling though.”
Since then, Johnson has had good games, bad games and a couple of great games, but a big part of the reason he is so popular is because his fans know Johnson is always giving everything he’s got.
“From me to the fans, I am giving my all,” Johnson said. “It is a long season. I may have good games and I may have bad games, but I am going to give it 100 percent every time I go out.”
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“We have to treat like another game,” Patrick Patterson said. “Treat it like it’s another game on the schedule and don’t try to blow it up too big. Even though we are going back there, even though we do know the circumstances and yeah, they did trade us. (I have) great relationships with the guys on that team and so forth. We can’t overlook that opponent, we just have to treat it like it is anybody else and go into that game strong-minded and focused.”