Johnson Banished from Training Camp Until Conditioning Improves
The Miami Heat do not mess around.
As the team opened training camp, the Heat have reportedly banished forward James Johnson for reporting out of shape and failing to meet the organizational expectations based on their metrics. The Heat said in a statement that Johnson “fell short of our conditioning requirements. Once he fulfills and maintains those requirements, he will rejoin the team.”
This is not the first time this situation has come up in Miami. Back in 2006, then head coach Pat Riley banished both Antoine Walker and James Posey for reporting to the team out of shape.
Ironically, head coach Erik Spoelstra praised the 32-year old just one day ago.
“He’s been very serious about his work this summer,” Spoelstra said. “You can see it in our conditioning day. He did a great job with that. He’s a unique two-way player in his ability to guard one through five when he’s healthy and facilitate and make other players better from a hybrid frontcourt position is unique. He’s coming in healthy.”
Johnson is entering the third year of his four-year deal with the franchise.