NAME: James Johnson
A.K.A: James Patrick Johnson
BIRTH DATE: February 20, 1987
PLACE OF BIRTH: Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
EDUCATION: Wake Forest University
KNOWN FOR: NBA player
VILLAGES IN SAMOA: Leone
SHORT BIO / CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
- James is the middle child of nine children (six brothers and two sisters).
- He has used martial arts to train and went 21-0 in the competition. His father Willie Johnson is a seven-time world kickboxing champion, and mother Vi, is a five time nationals winner during her time as a competitor in the sport. Willie runs J & P’s martial arts in Cheyenne.
- James is the second person of Samoan heritage who has played at the professional level in the NBA, after Wally Rank in the 1980′s.
- He is 21-0 in Martial Arts competitive record. He’s been a substitute in a couple cage matches, having fought in Utah, Colorado and Vegas, and notes a cage match is the biggest adrenalin rush he’s ever had, and has even been in a couple of the fighting card corners with all the famous guys you see now, the Silva’s, the Chuck Liddell’s, before the UFC/MMA became so popular.
- 2008 third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference)
- 2008 first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie
- 2009 third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference
- James was selected in the first round (16th overall) by the Chicago Bulls in the 2009 NBA Draft, he was with the Chicago Bulls from 2009-2011
- 2011 – He was assigned to the Iowa Energy NBA D-League
- 2011 – He was traded to the Toronto Raptors
- 2012 – He was traded to the Sacramento Kings
- 2013 – He was signed to Atlanta Hawks
- 2013 – He was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers
- 2014 – He was signed to Memphis Grizzlies