This article suggests 'Johnson committed some form of team infraction' however there is no direct quote from Casey or the management -
Tank nation gets a good boost but i hope that there isn't anything thats going to affect him being here long term.
Not much light shed on the situation:
Nice to see JJ saying the right things and it is nice to see Casey being firm yet respectful - and hopefully fair.For the second game in a row, Raptors forward James Johnson took his seat on the bench and never got out of his sweats.
His absence in the first game, Wednesday in Philadelphia, while noticeable, was not problematic as Alan Anderson filled in nicely for the Wake Forest product who has played the bulk of the minutes as the team’s starting small forward.
The fact that the Raptors won the game made it that much easier to accept.
At the time both head coach Dwane Casey and Johnson would only say it was an internal matter that they were going to keep between them.
Johnson said he would accept whatever decision Casey made.
Following Friday morning’s shootaround, Casey was asked if Johnson would play.
“I’m sure he will,” Casey said. “It’s an internal situation and I don’t have a doghouse so there’s no doghouse (to be in),” Casey said.
The matter was raised again Friday in light of the 84-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the fact that the Raptors got very limited offensive production from the small forward position.
Casey objected to the suggestion that Johnson might have been able to make a difference and remained mostly tight-lipped about his inactivity.
“We have an internal issue,” he said. “James is not in the dog house. I just thought (Linas Kleiza) and (Alan Anderson) did a good job at the three position. It (the loss) wasn’t because James didn’t play. He’ll be available to play on Sunday and he was available to play tonight but I chose not to play him.”
Casey then got as close to admitting Johnson had committed some form of team infraction.
“We are going to build the program the right way,” he said. “We are going to do things the right way and we’ll go from there.”
Johnson was no more forthcoming.
“It’s the coach’s decision and I’m riding with it,” he said. “Our guys have been playing well without me so I’m just cheering for my team and doing whatever any of them would do if they were a DNP.”
I think jj would have made a difference on defense and even offense. Who knows what he did just hope he plays Sunday
Weird stuff happening here. All in all it shouldn't affect his future too much I think. What will affect it more is how the draft and free agency play out. JJ has made too much progress to simply give up on, unless he ninja kicked Casey in the back of the head or something. He's tightened his game and is the best one on one defender on the team. Really, he should stay pretty cheap too, so I really just assume this was a blip, and that they'll give him every opportunity to finish the season strong and take it from there.
There must have been an obvious no-no that JJ committed. No sense in conjecturing. But I am glad Casey nipped it in the bud. It also sends a message to the rest of the team (team comes first culture Casey is trying to instill). No more Hedo-isms which he got away with with Triano.
My guess is that since he is playing so well as of late, he used this opportunity to be a little too demanding with coach Casey in desiring a greater role on the team than a "defensive stopper". Casey didn't give in right away and they had a "disagreement" hence the benching.
I would also like to note that if James Johnson's number are around average he will be much cheaper to resign than if he was putting up better numbers (which he would be doing if he was playing 36 min. a game and not 24). I think raptors want to sign him to an offer sheet that is not that lucrative and him playing 24 min. a game not drawing too much attention from other teams suits their needs. This might just be speculation on my part, but my gut tells me this is the smart move.
I know everyone is so hot on drafting a 3 who is sure to be a star in this league ... but I think JJ is a good player who we definitely want to bring back.
JJ is Dwane's lockdown defender. Dwane has 10 days left to evaluate the team for 2013. Might I suggest he's using this time to determine if any other player is ready to rise ( like cream ) to the defensive surface of this glass of milk? So, Dwane sits James and watches what the rest can do without him. Let's face it - JJ isn't going to make the 2013 roster based on his offense so Dwane wants to know if JJ is so good that he needs to keep him for his D.
JJ is pretty stacked if you ask me though, a solid two way player who still hasn't peaked by any means. He can be a good contributor for years to come.
Did JJ's demeanour and play last night cause anyone else to get extremely pissed off?
In my opinion, he looked like a sulking kid and his game was reminiscent of the start of the year i.e. trying to do too much.
He was chucking, too. I HATE chuckers.
Also, stop calling him a lockdown defender. He's no lockdown defender.
Why can't JJ be our man to do that? He has good height, quickness and athleticism to defend at 3 positions. Very useful player on a rotation when Demar and Bargnani are our starters. He can also protect our basket - 1.4 BPG against Bargnani's pathetic 0.4.
I really don't know what is going on with James Johnson but from watching the game last night, he needs to know his role and shut the f*ck up.
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