Jun 22, 2007 5
There’s a reason I’ve been talking about the #3 pick being the toughest one of all in 2007: Larry Johnson. By now you’ve probably heard about or read the interview Jason Whitlock (who has been hard on Johnson in the past) did with the mercurial runner.
This is a very complicated situation, but the bottom line is a holdout is definitely possible, if not likely at least in terms of the early stages of training camp. Johnson and his agent have said that their interests in getting a new deal is simply “good business” and they are actually correct when they say that; Johnson is grossly underpaid. But there’s just something about this guy that rubs you the wrong way. He rubbed Dick Vermeil the wrong way, that’s for sure, and Vermeil is a guy who cried about Laurence Phillips, of all people. Vermeil is a guy I once approached in a men’s room of all places about coming on a local sports TV show I was on. I was a kid at the time, in my mid-20s, yet he returned all my calls and came on the show.
Despite the fact that he deserves the money, there’s just something about LJ [...]