Hey, were you wondering about the sleeveless t-shirt Amir Johnson wears over his uniform when he’s warming up before games? No? Well, too bad because you’re going to learn about it in like three seconds.
“I just kind of stick with the same shirt all season long,” Johnson said. “It shows how much work I’ve put in. That’s just my T-shirt. It was ripped, but I just tied it to kind of rebuild it.”
You know how John Wetteland never changed his hat during a season, and then it ended up being a crusty brown head flap by the end of the year? This is the NBA equivalent of that.
And the best part is, since Amir just seems to cut off the parts of his shirt that have something wrong with them, it probably doesn’t smell. I mean, just look at the armholes — there’s nothing there to even absorb pit juices. That’s just smart thinking if you’re going to get the same shirt all sweaty for seven months at a time.
Most impressive, however, is that Amir Johnson has somehow been able to hang on to this rag of a shirt for an entire season. Not only is it impressive that the thing hasn’t disintegrated, it must be a challenge to keep track of such a formless piece of fabric. How many times must someone have tried to throw this out, only to have Amir remind them that that was his favorite shirt? Probably a lot.
I like this. The baseballness of it, what the tattered shirt means to Amir Johnson, the dedication to actually keeping track of it — it’s all good. Let’s just make sure he gets a new one next year because I’m pretty sure this won’t survive a summer in storage.
Cars are a pretty smart invention and “Cars” is a pretty good movie. I think we can all agree on those two things. But when Henry Ford was coming up with the Model T, he probably didn’t ever consider the descendants of his masterpiece would ever weigh a ton-and-a-half, travel more than 100 mph or be used on roads covered in snow and ice. And if he did, maybe he should have made them less slippery. I’m not a doctor of cars, but that seems like a pretty good idea, in retrospect.
Sportsnet.ca: How have you been dealing with driving in the snow in Toronto?
Ross: The first car I had up here was a Challenger. I was trying to get home quick. They were like, ‘Just get on the highway. The highway is clear, you can drive as much as you want, you’ll be fine.’ It’s just getting out of the parking lot. My car hit like a massive snow clump. It was like nine or 10 cars behind me all honking their horns. Quincy had to come and put basically like a blanket under my tires so I could get traction. It was at the airport. Everybody trying to get home and I’m holding up the line. It was crazy. On the way home, Kyle, we’re on a overpass going over a bridge and it kind of leans a little bit and Kyle was trying to drive like there wasn’t any snow and you hit a wet spot and you start sliding down so his car got stuck. We’re all on the highway trying to push him. This is late at night. Early in the morning, two o’clock in the morning. Everybody here is just like this is normal. Man, me and Kyle had to basically push our cars into the garage there was so much snow. I’m not used to that at all.
You always hear about how difficult of an adjustment rookies have to the NBA game, but you rarely hear about how hard they find driving in their new cities. Maybe that’s because half the teams in the league play in places where there isn’t terrible snow, but maybe it’s just something that’s gone completely unreported and should therefore become part of the NBA’s rookie transition program. One of the two.
Either way, Terrence Ross should be happy to know that my phone is predicting snow in Toronto for today and the next two days, despite the fact it’s nearly April and winter is technically over. He probably won’t need tire chains or Quincy Acy’s blanket, but a little warning never hurt anyone. Besides, it’s always a smart idea to carry an emergency kit in your car when you live in a snowy climate. You never know when that months-old Snickers bar will come in handy.
Also — slow down, Kyle Lowry. Don’t drive like there’s no snow when there’s clearly snow. For your health.
One thing I can’t believe Zach Lowe didn’t cover in his excellent writeup on the Raptors’ advanced use of SportVU cameras is why players who play for the team are so good at videobombing. Chris Bosh, obviously, is the master but he must have said something during their one season together that really stuck with DeMar DeRozan. If there were ghost videobombers that showed the ideal videobomb technique, I have to think DeMar would pretty closely mirror its movement. A simply stellar performance.