Wolves’ Johnson staying positive


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Posted by Drew Packham

LAS VEGAS — After tweaking a hamstring in his Wolves debut earlier in the week, Wesley Johnson has spent the past five days in street clothes. But one thing hasn’t changed: his ever-present smile.

Johnson — the Wolves’ No. 4 pick out of Syracuse — talked glowingly of his debut, reminiscing about Monday’s 10-point performance.
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“It was everything I expected,” said Johnson, who played just 10 minutes in the Wolves’ 85-61 loss earlier in the week. “I felt jitters, excitement. There are a lot of emotions running through your mind and body. I went out there and just tried to stay as composed as possible, but it was fun.”

Johnson was looking forward to “showcasing” his talents, but instead is left watching helplessly from the bench.

“It’s very frustrating,” Johnson said. “Training all this time to come out here to showcase my skills. I came out here to just play and have fun, so to be stuck on the sidelines being a spectator is definitely hard.”

Despite the hamstring injury, Johnson is upbeat about the Wolves’ upcoming season, especially to play alongside fellow Syracuse product Jonny Flynn.

“I’m just gonna go out there and be a sponge with anything Kurt (Rambis) throws at me,” Johnson said. “I’m gonna try to learn as much as I can from my teammates.

“Not too many guys get drafted into a situation where you have a good friend on the same team, so I’m blessed to have that situation,” Johnson said. “We already have a chemistry in practice and everything.”

And no matter how many games the Wolves win in Johnson’s rookie season, you can bet on one thing.

“We’re definitely gonna have a lot of fun this season,” Johnson said with — what else? — a smile. “It’s definitely gonna be fun.”

One Comment

  1. pit says:

    playoffs two to three years at max and no this aint no dumb minny fan talking
    PG. RICKY RUBIO POTENTIAL ALL STAR, J FLYNN SOLID STARTER WITH GLIMPSES OF ALL STAR
    SG. COREY BREWER CAN BE SOLID STARTER KINDA LIKE RIP IF HEALTHY MARTELL WEBSTER CAN BE OUR NEXT RYAN GOMES
    SF. WES JOHNSON REM INDS ME OF A TAYSHAUN LAZAR HAYWOOD WOULD BE REPLACED BY TIME WE GO TO PLAYOFFS
    PF KEVIN LOVE A RASHEED TYPE PLAYER, MICHAEL BEASLEY A JOSH SMITH TYPE PLAYER BUT WITH BETTER SHOT JUS NOT AS GOOD DEFENSE
    C DARKO A STEADY CENTER THATS SEVEN FOOT AND PECHOVIC A SOLID ROLE PLAYER

    BUT THINK BOUT IT RUBIO PLAYIN LIKE CHAUNCEY
    WEBSTER PLAYIN LIKE RIP
    WES PLAY LIKE TAYSHAUN
    LOVE PLAY LIKE RASHEED
    AND DARKO GETS REFORMED WE BASICALLY HAVE THE PISTONS WITH BETTER BACKUPS JUST GOTTA WAIT FOR THEM TO DEVELOP REMEMBER WHEN KAHN FIRST CAME HE SAID HE DOESNT WANT AN ALL STAR HE WANTS BALANCE AND THATS WHAT WERE STRIVING FOR

    SO ILL SAY IT AGAIN TWOLVES TWO THREE YEARS IF KAHN AND RAMBIS DONT MESS UP