On Sunday afternoon, the New Jersey Nets played the Toronto Raptors for New Jersey’s 80th game of the season. The Nets trotted out a starting lineup of Sasha Vujacic, Jordan Farmar, Stephen Graham, Brook Lopez and Dan Gadzuric on purpose. Johnson confirmed that Deron Williams would undergo surgery on his right wrist on Monday morning and that Anthony Morrow would undergo an MRI to determine why his left knee has been bothering him. Bad times for New Jersey.
Sitting at 24-55 on the year, it hasn’t been the most stellar of seasons. Still, when a beat writer asked Johnson if it’s been hard to come in to work every day, Johnson laughed heartily and made it very clear that winning or losing, he’s happy to be a head coach in the NBA:
“Hard for me to come to work? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard today… There’s challenges and obstacles whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, whether you’re doing surgery and you’re in the medical field. There’s challenges every day. Sometimes you have travel issues getting from city to city, but guess what? You still show up, right? I love what I do.”
With so many people forgetting just how lucky they are to work in the world of professional sports, it was nice to see a coach keep it real and remember that he’s doing what he loves every day of the week, even if it hasn’t turned out how he might have liked. Pretty cool.