View Full Version : Spurs sign Linton Johnson III

08-25-2004, 06:54 PM
Word is we're signing him. Thought he was restricted, but Chicago didn't need another SF with Nocioni, Deng and ERob.


Not terrible. I'll take it.

08-25-2004, 06:55 PM
and we passed on felix for him?

08-25-2004, 06:59 PM
Wasn't that Linc from the Mod Squad?

08-25-2004, 07:00 PM
Position: F
Born: 06/13/80
Height: 6-8 / 2,03
Weight: 205 lbs. / 93,0 kg.
College: Tulane '02

Career Highlights

In his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, appeared in 41 games, including 20 starting assignments
Posted averages of 4.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 17.9 mpg, while shooting .355 from the floor, including .212 from three-point range, and .595 from the free throw line
As a senior at Tulane in 2001-02, averaged 9.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg and shot .430 from the floor in 21 appearances
Had his best season as a junior in 2000-01 when he averaged 13.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg and shot .510 from the field


Full name is Linton Johnson III
Son of Mary Moore and Linton Johnson, Jr.
Nephew of former Chicago Bull Mickey Johnson (1974-79), who also wore jersey number 8
Went back to Tulane last year to finish work toward his degree in Finance and Management
Favorite movie is “The Godfather, Part II”
Lists Muhammed Ali as the person in history he would like to meet most

Tommy Duncan
08-25-2004, 07:01 PM
Oh well. Spurs needed someone.

08-25-2004, 07:01 PM
Position: Forward | Height/Weight: 6-8/205
Years Pro: 1 | Born: June 13, 1980 in Chicago, Ill.
College: Tulane ‘02
High School: Providence St. Mel (Chicago, Ill.)
Linton Johnson III Archive:

2003.04 Season Notes:
Appeared in 41 games, including 20 starting assignments … posted averages of 4.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 17.9 mpg, while shooting .355 from the floor, including .212 from three-point range, and .595 from the free throw line … finished fourth among all NBA rookies in blocks per game (0.78) … led the team in rebounding eight times and in assists once … scored 10+ points on five occasions and grabbed 10+ rebounds seven times … tabbed two point-rebound double-double efforts.
Scored a season-high 12 points at New Orleans (03/03) … tied his season-high 12 points versus Miami (04/09) … hauled in a season-high 14 rebounds versus Philadelphia (03/09) … registered his first career double-double with 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds at Detroit (03/10) … played a season-high 42 minutes and finished with 9 points and 10 boards at New Jersey (03/12) … played in 16 games in March, starting 11, and averaged 6.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.31 spg, 1.19 bpg and 25.6 mpg … recorded seven DNP-CD’s … missed 10 games on the Injured List with a right ankle sprain (10/29-11/05, 11/18-11/26).

Johnson's Season Highs:
Points: 12 (two times)
Rebounds: 14 (two times)
Assists: 3 (three times)
Blocks: 3 (two times)
Steals: 4 (two times)

At His Best:
In just 26 minutes off the bench, Johnson grabbed a game-high 14 boards in an 89-81 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on 3/9. He also connected on 3-of-5 field goals to finish with six points. When asked after the game about his effort, he replied, “That is what you are supposed to do every night. You have to play with passion and energy.”

Cleaning the Glass:
Despite measuring in at only 6-8, Johnson showed that he could rebound in the NBA, collecting 38 rebounds (12.7 rpg) over a three-game span (3/9, 3/10 and 3/12).

08-25-2004, 07:02 PM
In just 26 minutes off the bench, Johnson grabbed a game-high 14 boards in an 89-81 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on 3/9

dude can rebound

Solid D
08-25-2004, 07:09 PM
It's on the front page of the Spurs website.

www.nba.com/spurs/ (http://www.nba.com/spurs/)


August 25, 2004
Spurs Sign Linton Johnson III

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed forward Linton Johnson III. Per club policy terms of the contract were not released.
The 6-8, 205-pound Johnson spent a majority of the 2003-04 campaign with the Chicago Bulls. For the season he appeared in 41 games for Chicago – with 20 starts – averaging 4.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per contest. Johnson first signed with the Bulls on September 29, 2003. He appeared in 18 games with Chicago before being waived on January 6. On January 9, Johnson signed with the Rockford Lightning in the CBA where he averaged 15.6 points and 8.5 rebounds in 21 games. He then re-joined the Bulls on February 28 - signing a 10-day contract with the team - and spent remainder of the season with Chicago.

Johnson played four seasons at Tulane University averaging 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 107 career games. He went unpicked in the 2002 NBA Draft after averaging 9.0 points and 6.5 boards as a senior during the 2001-02 season.

08-25-2004, 07:13 PM
Blocked at least one shot in about half his games. Always a plus.

Of course he's IR fodder, but if he can defend well....

08-25-2004, 07:14 PM
Is it a guranteed contract or is it a "see what you can do in camp" signing.

08-25-2004, 07:15 PM
does this mean no mailman?

Solid D
08-25-2004, 07:23 PM
Guys, this is not a "big" or pivot player. He's a 6'-8" swingman. It does not preclude the Spurs from signing Malone or any other "big" to a veteran minimum contract.

He's more of a defensive player with size to guard the perimeter. He ranked #18 in the NBA in Steals Per 48 Minutes(2.42).

08-25-2004, 07:29 PM
yeah 14 players would spurs carry 15?

a vet min though the nba would help pay the salary

08-25-2004, 07:32 PM
He's as close to a tall SF defender as we're going to get at this point.

08-25-2004, 07:37 PM
he shoots ft's like a spur

08-25-2004, 07:54 PM
Good pick up -- he fills the role of that long 3.

08-25-2004, 07:59 PM
This is a very good signing. We saw him play Rocky Mountain Revue and I told Kori many times that he'd be the perfect long three for the Spurs. He's an awesome defender, very wiry and has a great attitude (he was the Chicago team captain and was helping the young peeps on the team). His shot is erratic but I saw him working on it.

As far as long threes go, this was the guy I wanted. He'll be buried on the bench but he'll be useful when you need a guy to defend against the Odoms and Nowitzkis.

T Park Num 9
08-25-2004, 08:41 PM
long three.


Veteran tough big?


08-25-2004, 09:23 PM
Holy crap! I totally forgot he was in the summer league and the guy I was really impressed with when I saw the Bulls play.

I remember asking either Kori or LJ about him.

Hell yeah, great signing!

Walton Buys Off Me
08-25-2004, 09:39 PM
Won't play more than eight minutes this year.

Can't shoot to save his crack stash.

Insignificant signing to say the very least.

08-25-2004, 09:42 PM
Won't play more than eight minutes this year.Total?

If he makes the team, I'll take that bet. This isn't the Mavs.

T Park Num 9
08-25-2004, 10:00 PM

know of anyone else that is out there that is better that they could sign??


Already know the answer, just waiting for the diatribe.

08-25-2004, 10:14 PM
If he can come off the bench and block four shots against a playoff team or outboard Ben and Rasheed Wallace like he did last season, that would be significant.

Walton Buys Off Me
08-25-2004, 10:59 PM
Who said anything about somebody better out there?

This is a guy that will sit on IR all year long- if he even makes the team.

How is this signing more significant than the Spurs inking a new waterboy?

Too many fans get excited over the smallest, most irrelevant shit. If you visit Lakers forums, they're excited about the development of Brian Cook for christsake.

This is not newsworthy.

08-25-2004, 11:41 PM
this is newsworthy
especially since this is the offseason na dit has been slow in here the last couple of weeks
he could develop into a better player
and be a 8 man next year

08-26-2004, 12:10 AM
This is not newsworthy.Sure it is.

"Spurs sign player."

It's news.

"WBOM bitches about something."

Not news.

Here endeth the lesson.

08-26-2004, 12:22 AM
Linton Johnson Blows.

08-26-2004, 12:24 AM
We know you've never heard of him.

08-26-2004, 12:26 AM
Who is Linton Johnson??

Sounds like an unknown scrub to me.

08-26-2004, 12:27 AM
We know you've never heard of him.

08-26-2004, 12:27 AM
he is a young project
heaven forbid he is not an allstar player

he is a long 3
to play odom 2 twice a year

Solid D
08-26-2004, 03:01 AM
Linton Johnson Blows. - SeqaSpur

Why? Because he's not a pasty Euro?

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adj. (Origin: Slovenian), Sequ; Sequ-ish
1. Soft; Readily bent; pliant.
2. Moving and bending with nubile agility; limber.
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T Park Num 9
08-26-2004, 03:30 AM
ok solid D lets get it straight.

Pop is a moron, cause he likes pasty white euros.


We must sign this euro shooter

Then we must sign black americna players

then Linton Johnson sucks.

And Sequ has the audacity to say to other people that they are morons??

Sequ is out of control.

08-26-2004, 03:43 AM
It's newsworthy in that the Spurs need to have some younger players to develop on IR for the coming years when they are over the cap.

He won't see much playing time, but he's a wiry defensive 3 that the Spurs can use in spot minutes if need be. If they let him sit on IR all year, they can groom him and see if he can develop a shot -- if not, there's no loss.

Next move I want the Spurs to make this summer is to give Tony his contract extension.

08-26-2004, 09:29 AM
Headband? 8)

Good to see a young long 3 on the roster. Can't hurt.

Aggie Hoopsfan
08-26-2004, 12:13 PM
Ah, good old FSP... kid hasn't played a minute for the Spurs and Tpark is already protecting him like he's family.

Tommy Duncan
08-26-2004, 01:13 PM
LJ signs with the Spurs? :smokin

GhostWriter's likely reaction:

"Ok, I'm sorry, but Thurston Howell the 3rd doesn't sound like a real balla name."

Solid D
08-26-2004, 01:17 PM
Linton Harper?

08-26-2004, 01:17 PM
TH3 sounds like a good balla name.