Raptors' Amir Johnson asks for bench role

Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson puts a shot up over the block of Phoenix Suns power...

Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson puts a shot up over the block of Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morrisat US Airways Center in Phoenix, Dec. 6, 2013. (BARRY GOSSAGE/Getty Images/AFP)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:02 AM ET

PHOENIX - Every once in a while a player surprises you.

That was the case Friday morning in Phoenix.

Expecting to have a conversation with Amir Johnson about his new/old role coming off the bench and how energized he looked in that capacity in that forgettable loss in Golden State Tuesday, Johnson turned the conversation in a completely different direction.

“I kind of asked to be on bench,” Johnson said following Friday’s shootaround. “I guess everybody didn’t know that, huh?”

After his questioner picked his jaw up off the floor and after Johnson repeated himself just in case the message hadn’t hit home, the conversation continued.

“Seriously? You asked to come off the bench?”

“Yeah. I wanted to see if there would be a difference. I wanted to see if we could get the offence going that way. I had talked to the coach weeks before the decision was made. I just wanted to make that clear.”


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