By LARRY VAUGHT
No matter what anyone says, Keldon Johnson had to be bitterly disappointed that he fell to 29th in last week’s NBA Draft.
For most of the season, Johnson was projected as a lottery pick. Even just a few days before the draft, he was projected by most to be no worse than a top 20 pick.
Instead, he fell all the way to the San Antonio Spurs and took a huge salary hit. However, give Johnson credit for at least putting the proper spin on what happened and or maybe just keeping it in proper perspective.
“I am blessed to be in the draft,” the former Kentucky star said during his first press conference in San Antonio.
Johnson pointed out how many players never get the opportunity he has.
“It is definitely motivating (dropping in the draft). But, at the same time, God blessed me to a great situation being here in San Antonio. I am just taking it all in and enjoying it, and kind of leaving it alone,” Johnson said.
“The draft is behind me. You are starting at ground zero when you get here. I am just ready to come in here and learn and have some fun.”
What a great outlook for Johnson and if he plays as well as he thinks he can, his second NBA contract can be really lucrative and that’s what counts the most. Maybe that’s why Johnson said he was just “enjoying the process” despite being drafted 29th.
He also seems to be a big fan of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich already.
“He’s an amazing guy,” Johnson said. “I think there are a lot of people who look at him as a mean, stubborn man. They see him during a game when he is competitive, but he is a great person.”
Sort of sounds similar to what the perception of John Calipari is at Kentucky.