Magic granted one dream, crushed another for Britton Johnsen

“[Britton] Johnsen’s performance in the summer helped him make the Magic roster. He started three games, including a season-opening win over New York. Johnsen was anticipating his return home in mid-November to face the Jazz as his triumphant moment, having made it in the NBA after the disappointing end of his college career.

‘His whole life, he wanted to play at the Delta Center,’ said his wife, Lindsey.

But that afternoon in Los Angeles, Magic coach Doc Rivers — whom Johnsen greatly admires to this day — told Johnsen he was being waived. (Orlando signed guard Derrick Dial to replace him.) His wife met him at a downtown hotel, launching “an hour of tears,” by Johnsen’s account, before they joined in a long-planned, subdued party at his childhood home.”

Kurt Kragthorpe of The Salt Lake Tribune

Johnsen is most famous for his Summer League dunk over LeBron James in front of a packed TD Waterhouse Centre crowd (the arena was opened up specifically for James’ first game). Johnsen appeared in 20 games for the Magic in the 2004 season, averaging 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 14.5 minutes per game. That included four starts including a start on opening night in New York.

Johnsen now works several jobs in Utah including working for the Jazz’s radio pregame and postgame shows.