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.
“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.”