Alex Caruso sits down with Josiah Johnson to discuss his take on the Whataburger vs In-N-Out debate and what his experience has been so far in the NBA Bubble. He also discusses his decision to opt into wearing "Black Lives Matter" on the back of his jersey.
JOSIAH JOHNSON: You know, you guys got some tragic news in Laker land. Rajon Rondo expecting to miss six to eight weeks with the broken thumb. Avery Bradley had already opted out before the team had left. So that's going to mean that's-- you know, it's a big opportunity for yourself. So how are you preparing mentally or physically to be playing more minutes and helping shoulder more of the load in the Lakers rotation?
ALEX CARUSO: Yeah, you know, a tough break-- one, not having AB with us. Completely understand, though. Support his decision 100%. You know, family is forever. That's something that he needs to make sure is 100% straight. And then, obviously, the Rondo news is unfortunate-- just freak accident, getting his hand caught in something-- call on the ball. I can't remember what the play was.
But we're going to miss, you know, his experience. People like to joke about Playoff Rondo, but I think that's a real thing. You know, he's one of the most competitive people I've ever been around, if not the most competitive. So I was looking forward to getting out there, and getting in the trenches, and going to war with him. Obviously, we hate to lose Rondo. But I think that-- I think that we'll be able to move forward and still be a real dominant team.
JOSIAH JOHNSON: So LeBron and AD both announced that they won't be wearing any of the league's pre-approved social messages on the back of their jerseys. Have you given any thought to it? Are you going to wear your name? Are you going to wear a message? What are you thinking right now?
ALEX CARUSO: Yeah, I decided to put "Black Lives Matter" on the back of the jersey. I thought that was just-- you know, as a white player in the NBA, I feel like showing the support and voicing that, as a figure that a lot of white kids growing up around the country idolize or fans of-- whatever you want to call it-- I think it's important to me to show that that's the right thing, and that the message is equality, and the message is justice, you know? It's making sure that their voices are heard and that everybody treats everybody how they should be treated.
JOSIAH JOHNSON: All right, man. We definitely appreciate you in the Black community. And we're not really giving out invites to the cookout. But once those invites start coming back in, you know you got one--
ALEX CARUSO: Good. Yeah, just bring me [INAUDIBLE]--
JOSIAH JOHNSON: [INAUDIBLE] some to-go plates.
ALEX CARUSO: --to-go plate. I know the food is going to be fire.