June 21, 2007
Albany - No matter how much you hear about something, nothing can prepare for the real thing.
That is what Albany's Alexander Johnson found out in his rookie season with the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA.
Johnson spent most of his first season on the bench watching his team post the worst record in the NBA.
Since the NBA regular season ended, Alexander Johnson has been working out daily in Albany.
The former Florida State Seminole wanting to improve his game so he can get more court time in his second season with the Grizzlies.
A.J. didn't get to spend all of his time on the bench.
He made 19 starts and scored a career high 23 points against Washington back in December.
Another thing he is looking forward to is the new style of play new Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni will bring to the Grizzlies this season.
Alexander Johnson said "I think we are going to do a lot of running this year like the Phoenix Suns. He was the head assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns. I think he is going to bring that style to Memphis. I think it was going to be fun this year."
Alexander Johnson will head back to Memphis after next week's draft to play for the Grizzlies summer league team in Las Vegas next month.