The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported Friday that James Johnson’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said that the 6-foot-8 forward’s absence from his team’s training camp was due to him failing to meet a weight goal, not pass a conditioning test.
NEW: I spoke, today, to James Johnson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, about JJ's absence from Heat training camp. Some clarity offered: https://t.co/4T46EbqChj— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 4, 2019
Johnson has not been with his teammates since they started training camp on Tuesday. An initial team statement said that Johnson “will miss the beginning of camp because he fell short of our conditioning requirements.”
But the following is an excerpt from Jackson’s story:
Bartelstein emphasized that Johnson “did not fail the conditioning test. He passed the conditioning test with flying colors. He was a plus 4 in how he passed the test.
“The only issue is Pat feels very strongly that there is a certain weight level where J.J. performs best. The Heat are strong proponents of weight and body fat. They put a lot of time and effort into trying to figure out what is the absolute optimal level for players to perform.
Bartelstein declined to say Johnson’s target weight, or how close he is to it.
The Heat will wrap up training camp on Saturday. Miami will hold a scrimmage on Sunday, and then open preseason Tuesday in a home game against the San Antonio Spurs.