You made headlines a few times this season, once for an ill dunk over Paul Pierce in the win at Brooklyn and before that when you played in the JBF Custom Crazy 8’s with the Python and Ostrich details that sent twitter on fire. Which one is more memorable and why?
The kicks because more time and effort went into it. Me ands my stylist, Megan Wilson put a lot of effort into it. The dunk made headlines, but I’d have to say the shoes.
A lot of pros show off their kick collections, but yours is more designer like Balenciaga. Did moving to Hollywood make you feel like you had to stand out with something other than the usual?
I had to step my kick game up even when I was in Phoenix. But I definitely had to step it up being out here in L.A., and working with Megan, too. She’s always putting me on to new things and sending me stuff. If you’re into that and it’s really your thing, when you step out, you have to have something on (to stand out).
You’re a Texas born guy who went to school in Syracuse and now plays in LA. You’ve had some key starts for the Lakers and almost gave Detroit a 30 piece. And your career high is 29, which you had against the Lakers your rookie season. What is it about L.A. that makes you feel so at home?
I just think it’s the atmosphere. Playing for a big crowd, you have to perform. I just like to be in the big atmosphere. You can’t go anywhere in L.A. without being recognized. Target, the gas station, it’s always, ‘hey, you’re Wesley Johnson, right? You play for the Lakers? It’s cool to get that recognition and that love. You know the city is rooting for you.