HoopsHype Joe Johnson rumors

April 12, 2013 Updates

For the second straight game -- and night, for that matter -- Johnson showed he's rounding back into form. He made 8 of 15 shots, went 4-for-6 from beyond the arc and scored 20 points in the Nets' 101-93 win over Boston, creating optimism heading into Friday night's matchup with the Pacers (49-29) that he's finally getting over his nagging sore left heel. "It's the same thing we were saying about 'D' when people wanted to say, 'What's wrong?' " interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said after the game, referring to the questions surrounding Williams earlier this season. "Joe was injured. He's missed games and he's been playing hurt. "He's still playing well considering that, but [Wednesday] was Joe Johnson. [Tuesday] night I thought was Joe Johnson. Just hopefully, he's healthy." Newsday

It looks as though he's getting close. Although Johnson didn't say he's 100 percent healthy, he was encouraged with the way his body felt during and after the game. The pain was minimal. "Once I get kind of loose, I don't really feel it," Johnson said. "But then again, I'm leaning more with my right than my left. So it's getting a lot better, honestly. It felt great [Wednesday], so I didn't really want to push it, then reinjure it. "This next day or so, I'm going to take my time, ice it, stim it, get it back. But I felt great out there moving around." Newsday

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The event at Brooklyn Bowl drew Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Andray Blatche, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace. All seemed to have a good time, even though D-Will did compare Kris Humphries to a "robot" ... and then thought better of it. NetsDaily

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

January 21, 2013 Updates

There has been, a source said, selfish play lately when the Hawks faced adversity. They were resorting to bad habits of past seasons, when Atlanta relied to isolation plays for Joe Johnson. And, having lost eight of the last 10, the questions come up again about the efficacy of having so many free agents -- including Drew -- on the roster. NBA.com

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