Professional basketball player, the Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson is an NBA star in a league of his own. On court, his presence and plays make him the pulse of the game. Off court, he’s equally spirited and keeps his fans connected thanks to a welcome mix of impromptu appearances and savvy social media skills. Since joining the Toronto Raptors, Amir has not only hit career high after career high—he’s made the entire city of Toronto feel like part of his team.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Amir grew up in a family focused on athletics. While he excelled in track and field, his first triumph on the basketball court didn’t come until his senior year of high school, when his team won a state title and Amir was named the 2005 California Mr. Basketball. He went on to be drafted by the Detroit Pistons—giving him the distinction of being the last basketball player to be selected in the NBA draft straight out of high school. The first four years of his professional career captured the sportsmanship and passion that supersede Amir’s reputation today. Ego isn't part of his game: After a year with the Pistons, Amir opted to play in the D-League in order to get more time on the court and improve his skills. In 2009, he was traded to the Raptors and in 2014 he helped lead the team to the franchise's record number of wins as well as an Atlantic Division title, which Amir considers the highlight of his career. Amir is focused on his own performance—but he's equally committed to the success of his team. There's good reason why he's known as Toronto's adopted son.
Above all else, it's Amir's sense of adventure and sincere love of everything he does that makes him stand out. From dressing up like the undead for the city's Zombie Walk to having a float at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival parade, if there's fun to be had, Amir is there. His annual “Roll With Amir” events see him treating his biggest fans to a Raptors game and night out, while other random acts of kindness—like handing out copies of Drake's latest album to surprised passersby—are as unpredictable as they are entertaining. As part of the Goose People family, it's this pairing of humble charisma and relentless energy that makes Amir a perfect fit.
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