If you’re reading this website, you’re a basketball fan. And since you’re basketball fans, you know the players. You know the guys who’ve been in the league for five minutes (Cory Higgins) and the guys who have been in the league for five centuries (Juwan Howard). You know your Shawne Williams from your Sean Williams, and your Dominique Jones from your Damion James. You guys know these things because you watch games like it’s going out of style.
Ivan Johnson? Not so much. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“My thing is, I don’t really watch basketball so I don’t know who anybody is,” Johnson said after sinking two free throws with 4.6 seconds left to give the Hawks a 93-91 victory over the Timberwolves Saturday. “So when I match up against them, they are a regular player. I know the major players like LeBron [James], Kobe [Bryant], [Dwyane] Wade but all the extra ones I don’t know. Even if I did know them, I’m not going to be afraid. We are playing basketball.”
Ivan Johnson is your new favorite basketball player. He’s a 27-year-old rookie who sometimes wears a diamond grill when he plays, was banned from a Korean basketball league and doesn’t know who any of the non-stars in the league are because he doesn’t watch hoops. He just goes out and out-efforts whoever he’s matched up against, even if he doesn’t really know who they are. You totally love this guy. So much.
I’m sure some people will mention that he needs to watch games if he’s going to be a successful player, that he probably does actually know who everyone is because of scouting reports, film study and all the other things that go in to preparing for an NBA game in 2012. But those people are no fun. Let’s just enjoy a guy who seems like he only wants to play basketball as hard as he possibly can while also looking as hard as he possibly can.