So, I'm at the Apple store at Northbrook Court on sunday evening. I
see James walk in the store and I instinctively say.. "James.." he
looks at me and says, "hey man" and walks on past me. I thought ok,
nice guy. but then.. two minutes later he walks back over to me,
extends his hand and says "hey man, James Johnson..." I proceeded to
introduce myself and my girlfriend. He then brings his girlfriend over
and introduces her. (6'1".. all legs, very cute girl). He asks what
brings me to Apple, I tell him my GF is buying a comp. I return the
question and he tells me he was picking up some head phones... I then
tell him I thought he had a nice summer league and I was really looking
forward to his rookie season. He said thanks and then left us. REALLY
nice guy and it definitely gave me a positive impression. He didn't
have to walk over and talk to me.
Side note: Dude looked trim.
Now that's a nice story. The fact that he came back to talk after initially leaving the situation is pretty incredible for the modern day athlete. This isn't to say I blame guys who can't make time for fans during their off time, if I were rich and famous and had to deal with fans everywhere I went I'm sure I'd struggle to deal with it as well.
However, that makes what Johnson did all the more meaningful. It's a small gesture, but he had already said hi, was polite, and went on with his shopping. To come back and chat again afterwards goes above and beyond the athlete code IMO.
It's nice to see a young guy coming into the league not so disconnected from the normal world.
Also good to see that he's looking fit.
The thread also turns into another great example of the James Johnson facts.