NBA Summer League 2010: Nothing Exciting About Bulls’ James Johnson

July 19th, 2010 by Ros Dumlao Leave a reply »

When the Bulls were courting LeBron James, James Johnson was part of the Bulls’ “strong supporting cast” that LeBron could work with.

Before the Bulls added Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver, the cast featured mostly Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng (arguably). For some reason, one that I cannot understand, James Johnson was mentioned on and off as one who could help LeBron and the Bulls win a title.

As a heralded first-round pick for the Bulls, Johnson turned out to be a bust. The Bulls got lucky with their other first-round pick in Taj Gibson, who picked up Johnson’s slack in the front court.

Being the only Bull with a guaranteed contract in the Bulls’ summer league, Johnson failed to impress, again.

Over the five games, he scored 40 points. He went 2-for-14 against the Kings in their last game. He also racked up 32 fouls in that five-game span, proving his laziness (or just incoherency) on defense.

Someone entering his second year in the pros, especially after re ...

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