Ivan Johnson is out.
So is Mike James. Include Blake Ahearn as well.
The three former Erie BayHawks are on NBA teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs. Last night, the Boston Celtics escaped the Atlanta Hawks, 83-80, to win Game 6 and the series, 4-2.
Johnson has been with the Hawks all season. Not playing in Game 6, Johnson gave a fan the middle finger as he left the TD Garden court in Boston.
There were better ways for him to end the season. After having a great year with Erie in 2010-11, Johnson, for the most part, took advantage of his first NBA season, but didn’t end it graciously.
Before the Celtics eliminated the Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers pulled out a miraculous 79-78 win in which Andre Iguodala hit a game winning free throws with 2.2 seconds left.
James, who joined Erie this season before the D-League Showcase, was picked up by the Bulls when Derrick Rose was having injury issues. Rose eventually had a season-ending knee injury in Game 1 against the Sixers.
The Bulls were never the same as Philadelphia won four of last five games of the series. James didn’t play in any of the six games, which was a tad bit surprising since the Bulls were without Rose.
As for Ahearn, the veteran point guard was with the Utah Jazz, who got swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Ahearn, who played in two seasons for Erie before the BayHawks traded him to Reno before this season for Donald Sloan, had five points in the three playoff games he played.
Ironically, Sloan played five games for Erie before joining Johnson in Atlanta and making the Hawks final roster. He then had a stint with the New Orleans Hornets before ending the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.