ATLANTA -- If you still arent aware of Ivan Johnson, allow this quote as your introduction:
I dont really watch basketball, so I dont really know who anybody is, said Johnson. So when I match up with them, theyre just another player.
That was the 6-foot-8, 230-pound Johnson explaining why and how he goes hard at his opponents, whoever they may be. The night of this quote, he was up against All-Star Kevin Love. So, if you let Johnson tell it, he doesnt know Kevin Love from Kevin Garnett. Well, maybe not
I know the major players, like LeBron, Wade, Kobe, he explains. But all the extra ones I dont know them.
All the extra ones -- this guy is something else, isnt he?
And did I mention Johnson wears iced-out, platinum fronts while hes playing? That has to be a first. A quick unscientific scan through history hasnt revealed any NBA, MLB or NFL player that played the game with platinum and diamonds in their mouth.
Im from the South. Thats what we like, said Johnson.
He grew up in...