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February 24, 2013 Updates

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

January 20, 2013 Updates

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

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This weekend, Brooklyn Nets fans will learn to say "defense" in Russian. On Jan. 13, the Nets will host An Evening of Russian Culture during a game against the Indiana Pacers, which coincides with Old Russian New Year's Eve. Famed Russian concert violinist Alexander Markov will perform the national anthem before the game and again at halftime. Russian entertainer Oleg Kolomyets is slated to introduce the starting players, and Russian music will also be incorporated throughout the game. Nets players Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez will appear in a video in which they sample fare from Manhattan restaurant The Russian Samovar. Crain's

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"He's pretty forward, man," Johnson said before the Nets played the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena Wednesday night. "He just kind of tells you like it is. If you ain't playing worth a ----, he'll tell you, you ain't playing worth a ----. As players, some of us may respond a little different to it, but for me, I can appreciate it. Newsday

December 29, 2012 Updates

Johnson was said to be quite surprised when the news came down on Thursday that he would no longer be the head coach. He shouldn’t have been. He didn’t just fall of the turnip truck. He’s been around long enough to know that it had to be coming the moment Prokhorov told him ‘nyet’ on a contract extension. That’s not an excuse. That’s just the way it is. Yes, there may have been locker room issues, but those things can be exacerbated when you have the situation that was going on in Brooklyn. “In this business, you got to have the power, in terms of the ability to coach – and the respect,” Johnson said. “It would help if you do have a contract that the players respect. That’s the nature of our business.” HoopsHype

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