While DeMar DeRozan will be hopping on a plane next Thursday morning going back, back, to Cali, Cali to see his family and enjoy some warm weather and a holiday stop at Roscoes for their famous chicken and waffles, Amir Johnson will be staying put in Toronto. That’s right, Johnson is celebrating Christmas in Canada this year. While the Raptors will have a welcomed four day break before having to be in Memphis on the 26th for an evening practice the day before they will face the Grizzlies, Johnson will stay in Toronto and celebrate the holiday with his mother and grandmother.
Sitting in his locker wearing a personalized number 15 Toronto Maple Leafs hockey jersey after the Raptors victory over the New Jersey Nets last night, Johnson passed on going out for a postgame dinner with his teammates. Why? He had a home-cooked meal courtesy of his favorite ladies waiting for him at home.
I asked the LA-native why he didn’t opt to take advantage of the break by getting away and going somewhere warm for a few days, but he smiled and said he was happy to have his family here with him in Toronto for the break. He also offered to share some of his southern grandma’s famous gumbo, saying she makes seafood better than anyone else in the world.
It’s clear that Johnson is thrilled to have his family here with him. It’s also becoming clearer and clearer that he is embracing the city and all it has to offer. From his Young Onez initiative to taking in hockey games and spending hours at MLSE’s Real Sports, Johnson has made Toronto his home away from home. A refreshing flip of the script for Toronto sports fans to hear.