March 5, 2013
Amir Johnson's the heart and soul of the Raptors
By MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency
Amir Johnson had no idea his night had been such a spectacular one.
He was downright shocked to hear he had done something no player in the history of the NBA had done before.
Perhaps it was because it came in a loss and Johnson, like many of the true professionals in the game, rarely get excited about anything that doesn’t have a W attached to it.
But more likely it’s because Johnson doesn’t look at the game of basketball as a means to anything but winning for his teammates.
It’s why Johnson rolled his ankle for a seventh time this season on Monday night, stayed down for perhaps a few extra seconds and then was right back in the game running the floor like nothing happened.
The man’s pain threshold may not be legendary league wide, but within his own locker room, it’s something that leaves teammates like DeMar DeRozan wracking his brain to describe the impressiveness of it.