WALTHAM — Once he heard the lockout was over, JaJuan Johnson tied up some loose ends back home — the biggest being the ceremony at Purdue on Tuesday during which the Boilermakers retired his jersey — then headed to Boston to get a jump start on what will be a blur of a rookie year.
“Everything was going in slow motion it seemed like prior to that, then once the lockout ended everything sped up,” he said. “You’re thinking, ‘I’ve got to get to Boston.’ ‘Do I leave my car here?’ Packing, where to live. All that stuff. It’s just all so fast once the lockout’s over.”
Johnson was in Waltham Saturday working out at 8:30 in the morning. He stopped by again this afternoon to get some shots up.
“I’m definitely anxious to get it started,” he said. “It was a long time coming. I knew the lockout would probably happen, but this much downtime, I’m not used to. I didn’t have anything really to do other than just work on your game.”