Wesley Johnson: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0554Wesley Johnson appeared in 79 games (62 starts) towards averages of 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks. Johnson was one of two players (including Paul Millsap) in the league to average at least 1.0 three-pointer made, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game this season.

- On his message from Mitch Kupchak and Mike D’Antoni in his exit meeting:
“Continue to work and be aggressive and to stay confident in my shot. Defensively, you can be a really good defender. You just need to apply to your game.”

- On what he saw personally from the team this season:
“You hate to see all the people injured, but it sucked we didn’t see that chemistry dealing with all the stuff we had to deal with, but it worked out for me showing what I could do as a player.” Johnson also noted it was a “dream come true” play in L.A.

- On playing for Mike D’Antoni:
“I think being here, I felt freedom. It was a sigh of relief to just go out and play. Coach Mike D’Antoni tells you what he expects. He said just go out and play hard.”

- On playing and being around Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant:
“It still was fun. I can speak on my behalf and cool to pick their brains, especially (Steve) Nash to see how he worked to get back from his injury. Kobe (Bryant) was helping me with how he guarded certain people.” He noted Bryant is a “maniac” in terms of game preparation.