There’s plenty of good to recap from last night’s 80-48 win over Mount Saint Mary. There’s plenty to admire in Cam Wright having his best game, when he decided to play as a way to honor his father. The father that passed away that day. And I’ll get to that. Unfortunately, all of that had to be marred by petulance from John Johnson.
When friends on Twitter asked about the game he answered their questions.
Friend: “Yo bro, you didn’t play?”
Johnson: nah cuz, smh (shaking my head)
On Wednesday, Johnson sent out some cryptic messages. “Basketball is more political than the election.”
Here’s another: “Hard work doesn’t always pay off.”
And this is why college athletic departments have employees whose jobs are to monitor the Twitter accounts of athletes.
It’s easy to understand Johnson’s frustrations. He is watching a true freshman come in and start ahead of him. And according to Dixon, Johnson made great strides over the summer in his transition to point guard. Dixon praised him last Friday after Pitt’s second exhibition game.
It may not even be the fact that James Robinson is starting. Or Cam Wright playing more minutes than expected. Trey Zeigler seemed to be slipping because of defense, but he got the minutes (and played well).
Still this tantrum is beyond stupid. Johnson has pulled this stuff before. Last season he had some bad moments on Twitter where he complained.
He could get away with it because he was a true freshman and you make mistakes. And practically speaking, Pitt was too thin to deal strictly with a kid just mouthing off.
Now? Now, he is putting himself on very thin ice.
Johnson is expendable. Johnson is a nice piece, but hardly irreplaceable. Especially if Cam Wright is developing as he appeared to in the game last night. There’s still Durand Johnson to play wing or shooting guard.
John Johnson has not lacked confidence. He is a completely streaky shooter. He is a questionable defender. Not nearly as fast as he thinks he is. Yet, he could find a niche on this team. But he is convinced of his own greatness. A cockiness that could be endearing if he didn’t publicly go after the coaches and appears to piss on his own teammates.