'The perfect opportunity': NBA draft prospects learn from veterans on G League Ignite


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Whether it be summer workouts with Richard Hamilton or fashion tips from Antonio McDyess, Amir Johnson knows the value of veterans.

Johnson was the last player to make the leap from high school to the NBA before the NBA implemented what has been coined the “one-and-done” rule, drafted 56th overall by the Detroit Pistons in 2005. 

When presented with the opportunity to give back to the game he loves and pass along his own knowledge, Johnson couldn’t resist.

“I got a call from my agent about this team with young prospects that are coming out of high school, and what the program was, and I got a call from (Brian) Shaw furthermore explaining it. And I thought to myself ‘Man, what a great idea,’ ” Johnson said. “What an opportunity for me after me being a kid that came out of high school at 18 years old, straight into the NBA, to actually come to the program and get some coaching experience. So I felt like it was a win-win. It was the perfect opportunity for me.”

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