Subscribe to the TSL Newsletter



Ivan "The Terrible" Johnson Is About To Terrorize China

The most terrifying NBA player in the world is heading to the Far East.

By DJ Dunson August 29, 2013, 01:23 PM EST


Ivan Johnson wasn’t long for the NBA. After two quiet seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Johnson has moved on to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. On Thursday, Johnson inked a one-year deal with the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls that would allow him to return to the NBA later around February when the CBA's season ends.

However, while Johnson remained relatively calm in the NBA, the Chinese should be very afraid. They’ve embraced Stephon Marbury's eccentricities and a plethora of former NBA castoffs, but Ivan isn’t known as “The Terrible” for no reason. Before coming to The Association, the NBA's modern-day John Brisker was banned from the Korean Basketball League and has a on-court rap that makes Rasheed Wallace look like Grant Hill in the eyes of officials.

Relations between the U.S. and China our tense and sometimes those emotions spill onto the court. Hopefully, his year in China goes better than J.R. Smith’s. If Georgetown couldn't tour China, without getting two-pieces and 'bows thrown at their heads, I pity the fool the fool who tries to test Johnson's toughness. Hopefully, they do thorough scouting reports over there.


D.J. Dunson is a Shadow League writer. His work has also appeared in SLAM, IBTimes and SB Nation. Follow on Twitter @cerebralsportex

View more from DJ Dunson

around the web, a site dedicated to presenting journalistically sound sports coverage with a cultural perspective that insightfully informs sports fans worldwide. Founded and developed by media entrepreneur Keith Clinkscales, TSL is owned by Shadow League Digital a multi-platform content creation company.