Quoted: Raptors forward Amir Johnson spouts a verbal love letter to Toronto

Quoted: Raptors forward Amir Johnson spouts a verbal love letter to Toronto

Johnson shows up the front-row suits at the Leafs first playoff game in May (Image: Amir Johnson)
 

I walked around downtown a little bit, and I got kind of a humble feeling, everybody was so polite and so cool. That’s when I first started loving Toronto…I’ll definitely consider living here. I love it out here…Toronto is part of me. I’ve been around, the people are very kind, I love it here.

—Raptor Amir Johnson, on his deep affection for his adopted city in general, and its residents’ courteousness in particular. The L.A.-born basketball player’s manners aren’t too shabby, either: every season, he treats 100 fans to a Raptors game and dinner, and last week, he spontaneously bought out two stores of the new album from his friend and new colleague Drake, and gave them out on at Yonge-Dundas Square. (Johnson was most impressed that the gathered fans politely queued up when he asked them to.) Since arriving in Toronto in 2009, the forward has also: danced in the Caribana parade; dressed up for the Zombie Walk; thrown the first pitch at a Jays game; become a Leafs fan and attended Nuit Blanche. Someone give this guy honorary citizenship already. [CBC News]