Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
When the Sacramento Kings acquired forward James Johnson from the Toronto Raptors last month, one of the first things I did was scour some of the more popular Toronto Raptor message boards and blogs. And the general consensus? The fans weren’t happy. They weren’t happy with the return (just a second round pick) and they weren’t happy losing the player who they had semi-recently acquired from the Chicago Bulls, a player that was making his mark in the NBA according to many Raptor fans.
So why the odd trade? Had Johnson’s stock really fallen so quickly that the Raptors could only manage to pawn him off for a semi worthless pick? Depending on who you ask – in a way, yes.
On court, Johnson put up numbers and at least to the casual eye, played hard, so it was a bit of a question mark as to why he found himself in the dog house of Raptors head coach Dwane Casey. Of course Casey refuted that suggestion, simply stating that he and the staff made the choice,...