Riley called it “something that had to be done” and that Johnson is “already almost there.”
NEW: Pat Riley says sending James Johnson home from camp ‘had to be done,’ expects him back soon https://t.co/z5tpj1TCpU Also, Riley has been impressed by Jimmy Butler's immediate effect— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) October 7, 2019
Johnson missed all of the Heat’s training camp last week, as well as their scrimmage at AmericanAirlines Arena Sunday afternoon. He isn’t expected to play in Miami’s preseason opener against the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday.
During the Heat’s season-ending press conference in April, Riley spoke about “tightening the screws” after seeing some “slippage” from his players. He discussed “letting things slide, being a little bit late.” The Heat sending Johnson away from the team appears to be Riley tightening the screws.