RIP Wesley Johnson

March 01, 2018 - 12:34 pm
I’m starting today in Los Angeles, because with the Rockets coming to the Clippers house for the first time since they tried to bumrush the Clips locker room, it was only natural to expect some more heat. What I did not expect was a murder. But that’s what we got. And I want to warn viewers at home that what you are about to see is disturbing footage... What you’re about to see is extremely graphic...  If you have small children with you, you might want to have them leave the room... Or cover their ears.  Ready? Okay. We go too late in the first quarter last night. James Harden with the ball. Wesley Johnson guarding him. Roll it. Run it back again. Wesley Johnson goes back and to the right. Back and to the right. Let me say this about the late Wesley Johnson. He was a good player. He was even a good defensive player. But bad things happen to good defenders when James Harden is around. And if you slow that clip down, you can see the exact moment that Wesley Johnson’s soul leaves his body. That doesn’t belong on a highlight reel; it belongs on Faces of Death. Wesley Johnson was so busted up, he was looking for Paul Pierce’s wheelchair. I’m not sure if he’ll ever walk again. And if he can walk again, he should just walk right on out the arena, don’t stop to take off his jersey, just get into his car, and drive off. He had barely hit the floor before people were rushing to update his Wiki page with time of death, cause of death, and arrangements for his funeral. I could watch that clip on a loop, but honestly, it feels wrong. Because the worst part of that play isn’t the filthy crossover. Or the ankles that were shattered into a thousand pieces. No, the worst part is most definitely James Harden staring down Wesley Johnson before releasing the shot. And that wasn’t a quick glance. That was a countdown. One one-thousand Two one-thousand Three one-thousand And then Harden finally shoots. That was three seconds but it felt like three minutes. And if you’re Johnson, it felt like three lifetimes. How badly did Johnson want that shot to miss? If that shot misses, the joke’s on Harden. If that rims out, we probably forget about this play before the night is over. But the shot went down and that clip is going down in NBA history as the most disrespectful play since AI stepped over Ty Lue. How grotesque was that? James Harden stood there for so long he took his shooting hand off the ball. HE FREAKING TOOK HIS HAND OFF THE BALL WHILE HE WAS STARING AT THE CORPSE OF WESLEY JOHNSON. So filthy. So nasty. So disrespectful. And I respect it. So what did Harden make of all that? "It felt good man, I’ve been in my bag all year so it's just one of those moves where I had to make him dance a little bit and made the shot.” Dance a little bit? You just made sure he’ll never dance again. The poor guy doesn’t have ankles. And what about that staredown? Harden said he wasn’t looking to be mean, he was looking for answers: “I was looking at him, and he was looking at me. I was just trying to figure out what he was doing. I was going to shoot it, but I was waiting to see, to figure out what was going on. I was confused. Like did the ref call side out of bounds?" No, the ref didn’t call side out of bounds, but the ref should’ve called that fight. The ref should’ve jumped in to protect Wesley Johnson before Harden could release that shot, because Johnson was no longer able to defend himself.. The ref should have taken Johnson mouth piece out his mouth and called the game the instant Johnson hit the floor and given Harden the MVP right then and there. I never want to see that clip again. It’s too hideous, too nasty, too grotesque. Ahh, screw it. Run it back one more time.   Wesley Johnson.. R.I.P.. That was a good dude.. Thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones..