Former Hawks forward Ivan Johnson has signed with a team in China
Yahoo Sports is reporting Ivan Johnson has signed a 1 year deal with Zhejiang Chouzhou basketball club, the deal doesn't have an out clause ..Johnson says he hopes to return to the nba after China's 3 month season ends.....
Despite receiving offers from 4 nba teams(Clippers,Pacers,Knicks,Bulls)Johnson's agent said the deal with China was too lucrative to turn down........
Ivan Johnson takes ‘lucrative’ deal in China despite interest from... - http://tracking.si.com/2013/08/29/ivan-johnson-china-hawks-nba/ via @SI_Wire
This bums me out. I wanted the Clippers to sign Johnson but understood when they chose Jamison instead. I still thought there was a roster spot for Ivan somewhere in the NBA. Maybe next year. I'm curious how "lucrative" the deal was.
Part of me thinks that it is possible for a player to want to play in a lower league in order to be "the man" on a team.
Believe it or not, some players actually find basketball fun. The NBA isn't the be all and end all for some players.
For some players, being able to live in a cool foreign country and be the "Kobe" of a pro team has some weight on their decision process.
If I told you you can get paid 2 million dollars regardless and you can either:
1. Play 35 minutes a night and jack up shots and be a primary scorer or play ...or
2. Ride the Bench for most games, maybe get off the bench for 5-10 minutes here or there and just play defense.
What would you choose?
I'd personally go with option 1.
To be honest, the foreign places arent that exciting. NBA players get treated a lot better than some of the other teams in the world treat their players, In the NBA you fly in a private jet, in europe you fly economy on sketchy jets in places where you dont speak the language and on some teams the players get paid late or dont get paid at all. I think it would be cool to play over there for a year or 2 just to experience it or if you did it and stayed in the same country for your whole career so you can actually feel like you fit in, and have your family with you and so you feel like you are apart of the community like trajan langdon for CSKA Moscow. Otherwise it cant be too fun being away from everything and everyone you ever knew.
Yea option 1....that's like back in school I'd choose the WORST team possible against a stacked team of ballers just to be the man
I like Johnson,even though he's not a highly skilled player he is physical and knows his role....The dollar amount hasnt been disclosed yet....
Josh Boone played with them a few years ago....Eddy Curry and Quincy Douby played with them last year...And i think thats the same team that tried signing Brittany Griener.....Im not sure if she'll play with them tho...
That sucks. He's an NBA player for sure. He could've definitely helped a playoff team with his toughness, strength and ability to hit mid-range jumpers. He just didn't want to take the vet min, which was all teams were offering him.
He's not exactly a spring chicken either so he better not do anything in China to hurt his stock. Hope to see him back in the league. He's had a long road and he was a long shot to make it, but he did. He deserved to stick but the money dried up and he does have some baggage that teams had to take into consideration.
I totally agree with "the man" theme. I like Ivan Johnson - he's tough defender. The baggage some1 mentioned is the anger issues, right ? That's kinda cool and what makes him tougher. He is like 30, right ? If so I see him back in the League in 1 year time.