HoopsHype Joe Johnson rumors

November 24, 2013 Updates

“No. I can speak for us as a whole, and I know we’re not getting complacent, we’re trying to come up with everything possible to try to turn this thing around, and it’s just frustrating defensively. We seem a bit out of sync at times. And it’s killing us, especially in the third quarter," Joe Johnson said. ESPN.com

November 19, 2013 Updates

After their offense fell apart in the second half of the Nets’ 108-98 loss to the Trail Blazers at Barclays Center, the team’s locker room remained closed for 25 minutes following the game while a players-only meeting was held. When the room finally opened to the media, it was a ghost town, with several players having already left and team leaders Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — who were a combined 10-for-31 in the game — eventually blowing off the assembled media. “Just talking about the game, and what we’ve got to figure out,” Joe Johnson told The Post about the meeting. “We’ve just got to get some chemistry, because when we get stagnant to where we can’t get a bucket, we have to have something we can go to and we’ve just got to figure it out.” New York Post

November 5, 2013 Updates

The Nets have seven new players: Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson and Mason Plumlee. Take the starting lineup for an example: Garnett and Pierce have chemistry from their seasons together in Boston; Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez learned each other's ways last year. But putting that all together has not been smooth. "We're still figuring it out," Johnson said. "That's why I think we have so many turnovers because you have guys trying to be too unselfish and turning to turnovers and we just have to find that happy medium. We're out there thinking too much a lot of times which causes turnovers and mistakes. We just need to come out and just play." Bergen Record

October 18, 2013 Updates

All those big names, coupled with a 40-year-old rookie coach and a unique ownership situation (Prokhorov is a Russian magnate), could lead to fractured chemistry. The thinking in Brooklyn is those factors will play to the team's advantage, creating a focused goal and an equilibrium in the locker room. "We're all in a point in our careers to the point where (egos) are behind us," Johnson says. "Guys are going to check their egos at the door and won't be stat-chasing. ... We're going to do whatever it takes to win." Besides, "I don't have an ego," Garnett says in his typical blunt cadence, declining to elaborate. USA Today Sports

October 7, 2013 Updates

Joe Johnson got a new tattoo this summer. "It's almost like my skin peeling open," Johnson says of the ink, which flows down the inside of his right forearm. "My skin peeled back, and inside, I'm like a machine." It's true -- instead of tendons and bone, the tattoo scrapes his body to reveal gears and pipes, the guts of an imperturbable contraption. “Produced in Little Rock” is imprinted in the middle, a reminder of his origins. He is a machine: fine-tuned, cool and collected, instinctually programmed. The Brooklyn Game

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In the video, one can see: Kevin Garnett taking his go-to mid-range jumper, Shaun Livingston taking spot-up jumpers, Mason Plumlee sitting on the sidelines with DWill's voice joking around with him, Tyshawn Taylor, Livingston and Joe Johnson getting up corner jumpers and Jason Terry taking three pointers from the wing. NetsDaily

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Rivers said both unquestionably have something left. "I think obviously Paul's younger and in tune to play more minutes than Kevin," Rivers said. "But I think they're still at the top of their games. I think Paul is still one of those guys who can go off for big nights and still have big scoring nights. Kevin is a culture change. He won't play but 20 to 25 minutes a night and there'll probably be nights when he doesn't play but his presence there alone will absolutely change the culture of Brooklyn. There's no doubt about it. I think for some of the young guys, even some of the veteran stars, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, will learn and understand what a winner is and looks like and professionalism and being prepared. "That's what I was most impressed with Kevin, how every game he prepared himself for games. That's what I told our young guys that I just wanted them to watch him prepare for games. It was why he was so consistent. I thought it was that important." Boston Globe

July 18, 2013 Updates

“When you look at a guy like Wallace, Wallace was paid a pretty good contract in Charlotte, was an All-Star, was traded for two first-round picks to Portland, was traded for the Rookie of the Year last year and then given a $40 million contract. That would indicate that he’s a pretty good player. I don’t think he played as well as he’s capable of playing last year,” he said. “They had a deep team, the ball’s in Joe Johnson, (Brook) Lopez’s and Deron Williams’ hands a lot. A lot of times numbers are deceiving that way, and despite numbers going down, opportunities are definitely going down when you are surrounded by guys who have the ball as much as those three guys do.” Booth Newspapers

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Roughly 500 members strong, the Chinese Joe Johnson Fan Club was founded by a man who calls himself Yonsan Johnson (though his birth name was Zhu Yan-Qing) in honor of Joe. Inspired by a random magazine cover, Yonsan latched on to Joe and dedicated himself to being Johnson’s biggest fan. He’d never actually seen Joe play, but it didn’t matter, and before long the Chinese Joe Johnson Fan Club was born. NBA.com

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Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo thinks Joe Johnson’s critics have no idea what they’re talking about. Responding to a question during a Sunday conference call about how critics think Johnson is too reliant on isolation plays, settles for too many jumpers and isn’t worthy of his max contract, Carlesimo replied, “It’s hard to be polite and answer the question. ‘Critic’ is such an ambiguous term. I would call them uniformed or basketball unintelligent. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. It would be hard for me to think that there was an intelligent basketball person making a statement like that about Joe Johnson.” ESPN.com

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