Once a brash precursor to the Generation X stars of today who ruffle so many feathers, Johnson converted to Islam in the off-season and has mellowed and matured. Just consider his preternatural calm after hitting a shot for the memory banks. As soon as he pried himself from a Spike Lee embrace after the game, Johnson made a point of seeking out his exuberant teammates. With the leadership baton now firmly in his hand, Johnson sternly warned them that the series remained far from over. "It might have been a great win and a great shot," he told them. "But no one will remember it if we don't win two more games and close it out."
The way things have been going for his team lately, you've got to wonder if it's fate accompli.