Layup line: Johnson's journey

Our quick zip around the web looking at Celtics-related headlines:

* The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow pens a nice look at JaJuan Johnson and his road to the NBA. It closes with a look at Johnson's unconventional summer given the lockout:

“It’s definitely not the traditional summer that a rookie probably goes through, but you can also use this opportunity to rest yourself, work out your own game, watch film,’’ he said. “Even though you’re not with the team, you have the opportunity to do those types of things.’’

At the end of the month, Johnson will head to Attack Athletics in Chicago to work with Tim Grover, who has trained Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, and Gilbert Arenas, among others. He’ll focus on core exercises and lower-body strength. Weight won’t be an issue.

“They’d always say something about my weight,’’ he said. “Now, I just kind of use what I’ve got. I’m happy with myself. I know I definitely need to get stronger. But it’s not one of those things that I’m stressing myself over.’’

* The joke, of course, is that it would be easier to create a list of players not interested in playing overseas if the lockout persists, but here's ESPN.com's growing list of players headed overseas or playing for their national team (and those few that are not interested in going international during the work stoppage).

* Celtics guard Avery Bradley is among those working out this summer at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas. Impact has a history of aiding the development of NBA players (Jermaine O'Neal and Kevin Garnett are featured on the site). What's more, Bradley spent his senior year of high school playing at nearby Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nev.

* Speaking of C's in Vegas, the Las Vegas Review Journal noted Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and Ty Lue were part of an All-Star list of NBA hoopsters at Marquee's Boom Box Room on Friday.

* The Portland Press Herald takes a look at Red Claws new head coach Dave Leitao. The story talks about Leitao getting a chance to reconnect with his family after leaving the University of Virginia.

"It was the best two years of my life, and I can say that unequivocally," said Leitao. "When I left (Virginia) I did not realize where I was at in other important areas of my life. This time off game me time, while I was still staying busy, to address some of the things that are clearly important to one's life and provide balance so that, if you go get the chance to get back in (to coaching), you do it with a much better perspective.

"So whether it's been my relationship as a father, as a husband, my spiritual relationship, my mental health, my physical health, all of those things, I made sure to address them and spend a lot of time taking care of them."