Detroit Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson is just 19-year-old but he is already bagging headlines. The rookie from the University of Arizona is confident of his game and more importantly, not afraid of Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James.
Stanley Johnson believes that he has nothing to be scared of LeBron James. He is in fact, in James’ “head” especially after the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.
“I’m definitely in his head, that’s for sure. That’s for sure,” Johnson said, reports ESPN.
Although Pistons lost 107-92, Johnson feels that they especially he held his own in front of LeBron James.
“I could care less if I’m in his head or in his mind or anything like that. I’m just trying to play basketball,” Johnson said. “It’s up to him how he wants to react to whatever he does. I think I’m in a good place. He had a great night. He’s had a couple great nights. He made a couple tough-ass shots.”
“He hit two 3’s, which is not, like, his norm. He hit a tough-ass turnaround on me, and he played really physical. I battled physical. He didn’t get any paint touches. He made a bunch of tough shots. So he’s going to have to go 40 minutes and make those same tough shots every game for them to do what they did tonight.”
The rookie also thinks that James trash talks a lot. As a matter of fact, the entire Cavaliers team “jabbers” according to Johnson.
“He [James] jabbers,” Johnson said. “He moves his mouth sometimes. Their whole team does, kind of like their little cheerleaders on the bench. Every time you walk in the right corner. They’re always saying something like they’re playing basketball like they’re actually in the game. There’re only seven or eight players who play, I don’t see why the other players are talking. They might as well just be in the stands, in my opinion.”
Ouch! Wonder how the team and especially James would react on that.
However, the friction between Stanley Johnson and LeBron James have already started it seems.
Remember that particular moment in the first quarter of the game on Wednesday when Johnson and James appeared to bump each other.
Well, James clearly doesn’t blame Johnson about the bump.
“For me, like I always tell you guys, the game is played in between the four lines, and everything outside that means absolutely nothing,” James said.
Johnson, however, does not think so. According to him, James initiated the contact.
“I don’t know what y’all take from that. I don’t take anything from it. But a cheap-ass shot, a cheap-ass bump. I don’t know.”
Is this the beginning of a new rivalry in NBA? Because Johnson’s comments comes after James’ statement.
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