Ainge: JaJuan Johnson Needs Confidence
He looks like JaJuan Johnson. He sounds like him, too. But the guy wearing No. 12 for the Celtics summer league team isn’t the same JaJuan Johnson who was Big Ten Player of the Year or even the one who came into training camp last December.
Danny Ainge remains bullish on the guy he drafted, but he knows Johnson has some issues to work through.
“Now, I’m not making excuses for JaJuan,” he said. “I think he’s got to find his confidence and his offensive aggressiveness. He’s got to instigate physical play. He’s not the strongest guy in the world, but he is a guy that has never shied away from the physical play.”
“I just don’t think he’s playing with that extreme confidence that he had in college. Hopefully, he can find that and get some sort of rhythm before this is over so he can get some positive momentum going into training camp.”