ATLANTA If you still aren't aware of Ivan Johnson, allow this quote to be your introduction to the Hawks forward:
"I don't really watch basketball, so I don't really know who anybody is. So when I match up with them, they're just another player."
That was the 6-foot-8, 230-pound Johnson explaining why and how he goes hard at his opponents, whoever they might be. The night of this quote, he was facing Minnesota All-Star Kevin Love. So, if you let Johnson tell it, he doesn't know Kevin Love from Kevin Garnett. Well, maybe not exactly ...
"I know the major players, like LeBron, Wade, Kobe," he explains. "But all the extra ones ... I don't know them."
All the "extra ones." This guy is something else.
And did we mention Johnson wears iced-out, platinum grills while he's playing? That might be a sports first, a player competing with platinum and diamonds in his mouth.
"I'm from the South," Johnson said. "That's what we like."
He grew up in San Antonio, and grills are as big, if n...