HoopsHype Joe Johnson rumors

March 15, 2013 Updates

Talking about the Nets "Big Three" of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, Carlesimo said they are a "big plus in us attracting whoever it may be, in a trade, a free agent signing, whatever it is, whatever Billy King and Mikhail Prokhorov figure out, the direction we're going to go, I think these guys know they're part of the reason and ... they accept it and they embrace it." He explained, "Players are going to say, they want to play with Deron and Joe and Brook Lopez, that they got something good going in there. We saw what happened in Miami. We see what is kind of a trend in the league right now of the better players wanting to go where the other good players are, even if they get a little bit less attention, sometimes even a little less money. It's about rings and I think that's going to be very, very important for us going forward." NetsDaily

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson says he'll "definitely" play Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Johnson had missed Tuesday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets because of a sore left heel. "I'm actually doing pretty good. I am resting, it feels a lot better. I actually had no pain today. So we're still just taking it easy," Johnson said after Thursday's practice. ESPN.com

February 24, 2013 Updates

With all that was scary about cancer for Diane Johnson, breaking the news to her only child seemed just as terrifying as coming to grips with the fatal disease. So Diane kept it from Joe Johnson for over a year. She waited until she couldn’t wait any longer, until the physical effects of the steroid treatments were too obvious to hide. “I didn’t want him to know because at the time I was diagnosed the season just got started,” Dianne says. “And I knew he was getting ready for that. “I kind of had to come clean and tell him exactly what was going on. I told him I had a blood disorder.” New York Daily News

Diane broke the news at All-Star weekend in Dallas in 2010, when her feet were so swollen that she couldn’t walk because of the steroids. Joe was a member of the Atlanta Hawks, still more than two years from joining the Nets and being celebrated at a pep rally in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Diane, 54, had been diagnosed in 2008 with multiple myeloma — a cancer of bone marrow plasma cells — following a routine physical. It’s a rare and typically incurable cancer. “When you hear cancer, you immediately think of death,” Diane says. “But I didn’t. I mean, I thought of death but the thing was, I want to see my son get married, I want to have grandbabies. New York Daily News

Diane says her son was always well-behaved and respectful, although she’ll never forget that he extended Senior Skip Day to two days. Humility is not a surprising description considering Joe’s current role as Brooklyn’s even-keeled, calming force on and off the court. “It’s just been her,” Joe says. “My pops was never around. It was just me and her. So to see her go through cancer. It’s just tough.” New York Daily News

But not too long after his Bronx cameo, Joe flew to meet his pneumonia-stricken mother at an Arkansas hospital. Johnson stayed over a week with his mother, while his teammates were assembled for pre-training camp workouts at the Nets practice facility. “My son really stepped up. He was there. I can tell he was hurting and I couldn’t help him,” says Dianne, fighting back tears. “He was there. He’s been there for me all through this and continues to support me in anything and everything I do. “I think it is (hard on him). But Joe will never tell me. He’ll be strong. He’s always been my backbone, my heart. So he would never tell me, ‘Mom, I can’t handle this.’ Even if it bothered him, he wouldn’t tell me.” New York Daily News

Joe carried a heavy heart to training camp in the fall, begrudgingly leaving his mother at the hospital. He kept his pain to himself. “It was difficult because of the fact that I knew it was tough times for her,” Joe says. “The last thing I wanted was to lose her. Mentally I wasn’t there. Obviously I kind of kept it to myself and didn’t really express it because I knew coming here was a big deal and I wanted to be ready. But I couldn’t really work out like I wanted to. I just didn’t have the focus. She had all my focus, my attention.” New York Daily News

Meanwhile, she’s trying to take multiple myeloma in stride, hoping she’ll get to see her six-time All-Star son get married. “I did research and stuff on multiple myeloma,” she says. “They say I have 1-to-10 years. Well, I’m just going to go on my strength, and my faith, and stay strong.” Joe won’t let himself consider timelines. “I just try not to. I just try to enjoy the times we had together,” he says. “What happens, happens. I’m not in control of it. She’s pretty much not either.” New York Daily News

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Does Carlesimo pass the "star" test for Prokhorov? Is he a brand name like Jackson or Larry Brown? Probably not. But he has won the locker room. "He's always trying to build us up," guard Joe Johnson said. "He's always telling guys to get their heads up. But he shouldn't have to say that. We as players, we should never be in a situation where we're moping around with our heads down. But he can't get out there and play for us." And if Johnson had a vote? "I would love to have him back," Johnson said. "I don't have a problem with P.J. I think P.J. does a great job in dealing with us as players." NBA.com

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Then, on a Friday night in Brooklyn, he beat the Pistons and the double-overtime buzzer with a game-winner. Three weeks later, another Friday night in Washington, D.C., he beat the Wizards and the buzzer, again. Confidence is a funny thing: When it goes, it’s gone. But when it grows … “There’s nobody you’d rather see with the ball in the end,” Brook Lopez says. “He wants it, every time,” Deron Williams says. “Yes,” Joe Johnson says. “I want to take that shot.” New York Post

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Since moving to Brooklyn, the Nets had conducted all their shootarounds at Barclays Center, using their $1-billion home arena in the mornings to work on their shooting and game plan for that night. But interim coach Carlesimo left the ball in the players' court, giving them the chance to bring about their own change if that's what they desired. So for now , the plan is to hold shootarounds at the Nets' training facility in New Jersey throughout the week and possibly hold them at the arena if they need to before one of their weekend games. "We just kind of talked about it," Johnson said, "and since you really only have two or three guys that live in the city and everybody else lives here in Jersey, this is kind of what they wanted." Newsday

January 18, 2013 Updates

Stefan Bondy: Joe johnson thinks he deserves an all-star spot: "Definitely, if they're going to keep doubling and tripling me as hard as they doing." Twitter @NYDNInterNets

Joe Johnson has a personal reason to push a campaign against blood cancers. His mother has been diagnosed with leukemia and he has joined the campaign to get people to join the blood marrow registry. Johnson has become national spokesman Delete Blood Cancer and starting Friday vs. the Hawks, fans will be able to register at Barclays Center. Between now and the end of the season, the Delete Blood Cancer team will be at the Barclays Center five times to educate and register anyone who is eligible and wants to join the fight. NetsDaily

January 15, 2013 Updates

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