"I do want to step up and be the man I know I can be on defense and
offense," Johnson said. "The only thing that gets me nervous when I get
in games is knowing where I need to be on defense. Getting the ball on
offense, I'm 100 percent comfortable. It's the other end of the floor
that I'm unsure sometimes and when I'm unsure, that means it throws off
the other four guys.
"Seeing what LeBron could do and guarding Kobe a little
bit just made me work harder," Johnson said. "I want to come in, lift
more weights, shoot more jumpers, get more conditioning, because I see
how good those guys are and I want to be better.
"I think (his martial arts background) is mostly why
I'm not scared of people. But their skills are great. They're all-stars
for a reason. I can't wait to get there."
Chalk one up to honesty, it's not often you'll hear a player admit he's not sure where to be on defense and that it can effect the rest of the team. He says he feels confident offensively, but he seems to struggle to find his way there as well when in the games.
Johnson has the talent level to really help the team, and if you read the full article, McGraw goes into some details about their workout and how talented Johnson appears in practice. However, conditioning seems like a big factor to me. Johnson has talked about getting into shape, but he hasn't actually done it.
Johnson should get down to about 235, and at that size, I still think he could play PF defensively, and offensively become a mismatch nightmare for opposing fours (or at the very least play with Deng where Deng plays PF as both of them would be big 3s). I'm just hoping that the light goes on for Johnson. He says all the right things, but will he take all the right actions?