Off the Court: Chris Johnson

Friday, March 30, 2012
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

New Orleans Hornets center Chris Johnson, also a Louisiana State University product, discussed some of his off-the-court interests recently with Johnson was signed by the Hornets for the remainder of the 2011-12 season on March 20.

Person who’s had the most influence on his basketball career: “I’d say the assistant coach at LSU John Treloar. He helped my game out a lot, as far as challenging me and pushing me to a lot of different things, such as rebounding.”

Person who’s had the most influence on him off the court: “I’d say my entire family. I lost my mom at a young age. They all helped raise me and taught me every day.”

Best moment in the NBA: “Blocking Dirk Nowitzki’s shot in the playoffs last year, pretty much helping us (Blazers) get the win. It was awesome.”

How he chose his uniform number of 20: “I didn’t. I just showed up and this is what they gave me.”

How he choose his sound bite in the New Orleans Arena: “They gave me the LSU fight song. Marcus (Thornton) had it too.”

Hidden talent: “I’m a good singer in the shower.” [laughs]

Favorite thing about New Orleans: “I like the weather. It’s always warm here in Louisiana.”

Pregame ritual: “I like just listening to music.”

First job: “I was cutting grass with one of my friends. We just did it for part of the summer and that was it.”

Favorite athletes as a kid: “Kevin Garnett and Deion Sanders.”

What he’d be doing if he weren’t an NBA player: “I’d try to play another sport, or do something to help kids. Maybe become a teacher.”

Closest friends on other NBA teams and in pro sports: “My closest friends in the NBA are probably Wesley Matthews and Nolan Smith. In other sports I’d say Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens) and I grew up with Jermon Bushrod (New Orleans Saints).”

Favorite type of music: “R&B and Hip Hop.”

Favorite TV shows: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, King of Queens.”

Favorite movie of all time: “Project X, because you didn’t know what to expect. It was just a great movie.”

Favorite websites: “Of course, I like HoopsHype. Anything with sports, basically.”