Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson is one of the most talented players in the 2015 NBA Draft Class. He showed out all summer long, during NBA Summer League and even at the Drew League. He’s also had a tough summer, though—earlier this month, his mother passed away. So to help ease his transition to the NBA, Detroit teammate Andre Drummond has apparently extended the offer for Johnson to live with him during his rookie year.
That’s according to MLive.com:
If Andre Drummond has his way, he will have a roommate next year — longtime friend and newfound Detroit Pistons teammate Stanley Johnson.
“He wants me to live with him this year,” Johnson said Thursday, “so that should be interesting, to see what happens there.”
Any NBA team would be in nurturing mode with a 19-year-old rookie who played only one season, though the Pistons figure to be particularly attentive to Johnson, whose mother Karen Taylor passed away earlier this month.
“It’s been tough,” Johnson said. “I’ve had a couple family things going on, and this, that, and the third. But I’m a professional. I have a job. So I handled my family stuff. I got a lot of help, as well. That’s something that will always be, for the rest of my life. But I’m doing my job now and working out the whole time. But it is what it is, you know what I’m saying?”